The City of Minneapolis is geared up and ready to go with its new Ranked Choice Voting system. Absentee voting is set to begin October 2nd, and the general election will take place on November 3rd.
Passed in 2006 by public referendum, Ranked Choice Voting will combine the municipal primary and general election into one event, featuring all candidates. Minneapolis residents will now be able to rank their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for candidates for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Voters will fill in an oval to vote just like in the past, the only difference is that they will be able to put in their 2nd and 3rd choice candidates in a column immediately to the right.
As always, your voting process can be simpler and go quicker on election day, if you pre-register. Registration is due on October 13th.
Questions? The city of Minneapolis has put up an educational website illustrating how RCV works and what voters can expect when they head to the polls, visit http://www.voteminneapolis.org.
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