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Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) – VOTE November 7th!
November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is being used to elect our mayor, city council members, park board representatives and member of the Board of Estimate and Taxation on Nov. 7. Adopted by Minneapolis voters in 2006 and used for the first time in 2009, RCV will get its second big test in this year’s highly competitive mayoral, at-large Park Board and city council elections Identifying second and third choices isn’t mandatory, but it’s smart. Ranking your ballot 1-2-3 gives you more choice and gives your ballot more power.
Ranked Choice Voting works just like two elections – a primary and a general election – but it’s done in a single trip to the polls. It has eliminated the low-turnout August primary, when historically a tiny, unrepresentative group of voters culled the field to just two viable choices for everyone else. Best of all, RCV requires that candidates receive support from the broadest swatch of voters possible.
RCV allows you to identify two backup choices in case your #1 candidate doesn’t gather majority support in order to win in the first round of counting. That means choosing your favorite – plus two other candidates you could live with – and marking them in order of preference on your ballot. Identifying backup choices isn’t mandatory, but it’s smart. Ranking your ballot 1-2-3 gives you more choice and gives your ballot more power.
Each ballot will have three columns. Simply mark the ballot left to right, indicating your first choice in the first column, your second choice in the next column, and your third choice in the column after that. “Bullet voting,” marking just one choice or marking the same candidate in all three columns, is identical to only picking a first choice. It’s just like voting in the primary, but sitting out the general election if your first choice doesn’t make it through.
Fully ranking your ballot in the mayoral and other multicandidate races means that if your favorite candidate doesn’t gather enough support in the first or second rounds of counting and is eliminated, your vote will transfer to your next choice and you’ll continue to be part of the decision-making process.
Identifying three candidates that are acceptable to you takes a bit more effort than choosing one, to be sure. But it’s worth it, and ensures there’s a bigger chance you’ll help elect someone you like – or could live with.
Click here to see a video about how Ranked Choice voting works: http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv/index.htm
And click here to download your sample ballot: http://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/