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Rank Your Vote Nov. 5!

My advice?  Rank your vote!  This year, we will Rank our Votes in the second Minneapolis election to use Ranked Choice Voting.  From the Star Tribune, to some of the mayoral candidates themselves, to many community leaders, people are talking about who will be their #1, #2, and #3 choices.

How does ranked choice voting work?  If one candidate wins a majority (50% + 1) among all first-place votes, that candidate is the winner. If not, the candidate with the fewest first-place votes is eliminated and the ballots for this candidate are redistributed among the remaining candidates according to the second choices on those ballots. The process continues until one candidate has picked up a majority of votes.

Why rank your vote?  This is the best way to make sure your vote counts!  In a race, like this year’s mayoral contest, with multiple viable candidates, it is unlikely that any one candidate will get a majority by just counting first place votes.  We’ve seen this many times in Minnesota state elections, as no governor has been elected with a majority of votes since Arne Carlson in 1994 (resulting in a plurality winner, not a majority winner).

Ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis
Ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis

What about bullet balloting? Bullet balloting, where you rank only one candidate, or list the same candidate multiple times on your ballot, doesn’t help your favorite candidate.  And it means you may lose some influence in choosing our next mayor, if your only ranked choice is eliminated.  To make sure you have the most influence on our city elections,rank your vote on Nov. 5!

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