Getting Minneapolis elections results

On November 3, the City of Minneapolis held its first municipal election using a new voting system called Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Minneapolis voters were able to rank their choices for Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board using RCV as a the result of a 2006 referendum. Voters were able to 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. This format eliminated the need for holding a Primary in Minneapolis.

Getting election results

One of the biggest changes from previous elections is the time it will take before final election results are known. Because Minneapolis is using RCV, the election night vote tallies look different from previous years, and final results in each race may not be available for several weeks.

On election night, results were posted on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Web page , showing how many first, second, and third choice rankings each candidate received. The first choice rankings are the unverified first round results from election night.

Because of the way Ranked Choice Voting works, it is not possible to simply add up numbers in the columns to get final results. If no candidate receives the required number of first-choice votes to be elected after the first round of counting, a process of eliminating candidates and considering subsequent choices begins.

Since there is no federally- or state-certified voting equipment capable of counting a Ranked Choice Voting election, the election will be hand-counted to determine the winners. Minneapolis election judges will begin working on the hand-count Nov. 4, and winners in individual races will be known as the count proceeds in the coming weeks. The hand-counting is tentatively expected to be complete by Dec. 21.

You can find updates on the hand-counting process and the election results as they are compiled by visiting the City's elections Web page .

In the hand-count process, City Council Ward offices will be counted first. A random drawing was conducted in October to determine the order in which the Wards are being counted. The order is as follows: Ward 13, Ward 12, Ward 2, Ward 11, Ward 6, Ward 7, Ward 5, Ward 10, Ward 4, Ward 3, Ward 1, Ward 8, Ward 9.

As City Council Wards are counted, periodically Park District office results will become available (because districts are in multiple Wards). City-wide office results will available last, including results for Mayor, Park and Recreation Board at-large, and Board of Estimate and Taxation. Please note that the ballot question (in which voters vote yes or no) does not use Ranked Choice Voting and will not be hand-counted.

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, visit the elections website or call Minneapolis 311 or (612) 673-3000. TTY/TTD (612) 673-2157.

Updated Nov. 4, 2009

Published Oct. 30, 2009