No Primary in Minneapolis on Sept. 15

Municipal primaries are being held throughout the metro area on Tuesday, Sept. 15. However, there will be no Primary in Minneapolis because the City is using a new voting method called Ranked Choice Voting. This new voting method combines the Primary and General Elections into a single election so there is no Primary and all candidates appear on the November ballot. On Nov. 3, voters in Minneapolis will be able to rank their choices for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board.

Minneapolis is using Ranked Choice Voting as result of a referendum that voters passed in 2006. Much like the current system, voters will vote by filling in an oval on a paper ballot. Whats new is that voters can also mark a different 2nd and 3rd choice candidate on the same ballot, in the columns just to the right of a voter’s first choice.

The City has launched a new website to help educate voters on Ranked Choice Voting. To see how it works and what folks should expect when they go to the polls, visit www.voteminneapolis.org .

For information about registering and voting in Minneapolis, or to serve as an election judge, residents can visit the website of the Minneapolis Office of Elections and Voter Registration, which is responsible for administering elections in the city. This information is also available by calling Minneapolis 311 or (612)673-3000. TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Sept. 14, 2009

Published Sep 14, 2009