Absentee voting using Ranked Choice Voting begins October 2

The 2009 City of Minneapolis municipal elections will be conducted using a new voting system called Ranked Choice Voting. This change is the result of a referendum that voters passed in 2006. Ranked Choice Voting combines the municipal Primary and the General Election into one event, with all candidates on the November 3 ballot. Minneapolis voters will be able to rank their choices for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Absentee ballots will be available beginning October 2. The General Election is November 3, 2009.

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 voters should expect when they go to the polls, visit.

Individuals interested helping the public understand these voting changes can join the Ranked Choice Voting Issues Group. The RCV Issues Group next meeting is October 15 at 7 pm in Room 132 in City Hall. Visit the info@voteminneapolis.org for more information.

The candidates for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board, and a City Charter question are posted on the City of Minneapolis website.

Deadline to Pre-register to vote is

City elections officials remind Minneapolis voters that Oct. 13, 2009 is the deadline to pre-register to vote on Election Day. By pre-registering, you help speed up the voting process on Election Day for yourself, and for other voters. Registration forms must be in the hands of election officials by 5 pm on Oct. 13, 2009. If you need to register on Election Day, bring state-required identification and allow extra time at the polls.

For further information

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

Sept. 24, 2009

Published Sep. 24, 2009