Ranked Choice Voting ballots are now posted online

The City of Minneapolis website features a voting precinct finder to help voters prepare for Election Day. Voters can enter their home address to find the polling place in their precinct, and view a picture and map of their polling place. Voters can also view the Ranked Choice Voting sample ballot for their precinct. This precinct sample ballot is exactly what the voters will see on the ballot at the polls on Election Day.

The 2009 City of Minneapolis municipal elections will be conducted using a new voting method 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.

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 Vote Minneapolis website to help educate voters on Ranked Choice Voting and to show them how it works and what they should expect when they go to the polls.

Individuals interested in helping the public understand these voting changes can join the Ranked Choice Voting Issues Group. The RCV Issues Groups next meeting is Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in room 132 of City Hall at 350 S. 5th St. 

Absentee ballots are available beginning Oct. 2. The General Election is November 3, 2009.

Deadline to Pre-register to vote is October 13

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 p.m. on Oct. 13, 2009. If you need to register on Election Day, bring state-required identification and allow extra time at the polls.

Three polling places change for 2009

This year, three polling places are moving because of building remodeling or to improve accommodations for voters, so be sure to double check the location of your polling place. Pre-registered voters in those precincts received a notice in the mail in September to tell them about the changes. Precincts with new polling places are 7-5, 7-7 and 7-9.

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 at or call Minneapolis 311 or (612)673-3000. TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Published Oct 7, 2009