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St. Louis Park City Council okays ranked-choice voting for municipal elections

Post Date:May 07, 2018 9:30 PM

At its May 7, 2018, meeting, the St. Louis Park City Council approved by a vote of 7-0 the second reading of an ordinance to amend the city charter to allow for the use of ranked-choice voting for municipal (mayor and city council) elections. The first reading of the ordinance was April 16, 2018, and it was also approved by a vote of 7-0. Under state law, a unanimous vote of the council on both the first and second readings was required to pass the ordinance.

At its April 16, 2018, meeting, the St. Louis Park City Council approved by a vote of 7-0 an ordinance to amend the city charter to allow for the use of ranked-choice voting for municipal (mayor and city council) elections. The second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for May 7, 2018. Under state law, a unanimous vote of the council on both the first and second readings is required to pass the ordinance.

The ordinance will officially become part of the St. Louis Park City Charter 90 days after passage and publication.

The earliest ranked-choice voting would be implemented for municipal (mayor and city council) elections would be November 2019. Ranked-choice voting will not apply to federal, state, county or school board elections. Visit Ranked-Choice Voting for updates and more information.