ranked choice voting

Special report: Ranked choice voting – The Minneapolis experiment

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Minneapolis is the largest city between Chicago and Seattle, the coldest big city in America and it used to be one of the most Nordic places in the U.S. – a hotbed of Scandinavian and German cultures. Only one African-American had ever been elected mayor of Minneapolis: Sharon Sayles Belton who served from 1994 until 2001.


Race, class and Ranked Choice Voting: Why the Jacobs-Miller study is largely irrelevant

Race and class structurally divide the United States. Economically we live in two nations separate but unequal, with political power and privilege fractured along this divide. Thus it comes as no surprise that Professors Larry Jacobs and Joanne Miller recently found that the use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) by voters in the 2013 Minneapolis elections largely tracked this class and racial divide. Conceding that their statistics are largely correct, their analysis and conclusions are largely irrelevant to the debate about RCV, voting, or political power in Minneapolis or the United States.


¿Es mejor el Voto de Elección por Categoría?

Al tiempo de que te dirigías a las casillas para ejercer tu voto en las elecciones de alcalde y consejeros de la ciudad, como yo, tal vez te estabas preguntando acerca de este nuevo y equitativo método de votar, conocido como voto de elección por categoría (RCV, en inglés).


OPINION | Is ranked choice voting better?

As you went to the polls to cast your vote in the Minneapolis mayoral and city council races, like me, you may have been wondering about this fairly new voting method known as ranked choice voting (RCV).


OPINION | Excited about Ranked Choice Voting

Although my first-choice mayoral candidate didn't win this year, I can't help feeling excitement and pride about the results of this year's Minneapolis municipal elections. All-in-all, they were a triumph – for women, for people of color, for political diversity, and for stronger democracy.


Political arithmetic: Why math sucks for Obama and is important for Ranked Choice Voting

Political science students think math sucks, and so do many politicans! Yet the fate of Barack Obama, Obamacare, and Ranked Choice Voting all resident in their numbers. Let’s think about how this is the case.


Minneapolis, St. Paul: A tale of two cities in Ranked Choice Voting

The mayoral elections in Minneapolis and St Paul could not have been any different. One was loud and unscripted the other peaceful and predictable. Both spoke to the character of the two cities and what they mean for their futures. Minneapolis’ election was a generation changer preparing the city for the future while in St Paul it was an endorsement of the status quo holding the city in the past. But in both cases, ranked choice voting (RCV) successfully did its job.


Voting system causes delays: Long list of mayoral hopefuls has officials still counting

University graduate student Eva Reinicke votes Tuesday afternoon at the Van Cleve Recreation Center. (Photo by Bridget Bennett)

The first time Minneapolis unveiled ranked-choice voting in 2009, mayoral incumbent R.T. Rybak swept the majority of votes in the first round, quickly ending the potentially laborious process.


Minneapolis voters rate ranked choice voting

Minneapolis' mayoral election was the one of the first big tests of ranked choice voting in the country. The city's first open seat mayoral contest in decades drew 35 candidates and voters could pick their top three choices. How did that go? Listen to what the voters have to say.

St Paul's Ward One: Racial diversity and ranked choice voting in the mix in hotly fought election

Kazoua Kong-Thao, Debbie Montgomery and Noel Nix are among the candidates hoping to win the Ward One St Paul City Council Seat

A diverse mix of seven candidates, many of whom have backgrounds in community organizing, faced off in a forum Tuesday night at the Wilder Center, sparring for a chance to fill the Ward One City Council seat vacated by Melvin Carter III when he resigned to take a post in the Minnesota Department of Education last July. Among the candidates in the forum hosted by The League of Women Voters were former City Council member and St. Paul’s first female police officer Debbie Montgomery (she was knocked off the council by Carter in 2007), and Carter’s former council aide, Noel Nix. Other candidates included former St. Paul School Board Chair Kazoua Kong-Thao, Johnny Howard, founder of the Thomas-Dale Block Clubs, Dai Thao, an IT Manager, poet and contributor to Hmong Times, and Mark Voerding, past president of the District 7 Planning Council and aide to former council member Bill Wilson, plus Paul Holmgren, who has been endorsed by the St. Paul GOP City Committee.

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