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Parktacular mock election - June 15, 2019

On June 15, the election team held their first citywide mock election at Parktacular in Wolfe Park. During the mock election 759 attendees voted for their favorite park in St. Louis Park, favorite flavor of JonnyPop's and their favorite event at Parktacular. Results are shown below.

Residents had a chance to see how their ballot will be laid out in the fall and how it works. Many future voters, some as young as 5 years old, voted in our election along with an adult. Voters of all ages had success with the system. The elections team learned some common difficulties voters had with the ballot and will use this information to design educational materials for the polling place. 

Ranked-choice races

Three races on the ballot used ranked-choice voting. The first question asked voters to choose the best park in St. Louis Park. Voters selected from the options, which were limited to parks with park buildings on them, or wrote in their favorite. In round one, Wolfe Park received 391 votes, 52 percent of all ballots cast, which was enough to exceed the threshold and win the race in the first round.

The second ranked-choice race was for favorite flavor of JonnyPop. Voters selected from top flavors and selected strawberry as the favorite after five rounds of counting. JonnyPop’s generously donated over 600 pops to the elections team, and we offered one to each voter that completed a ballot.

The third ranked-choice race was for favorite Aquatic Park slide. Only two options were provided in an effort to generate questions from voters about how to mark a ballot if only two options are presented. After eliminating errors and write-ins, tube slide had the most votes. It did not get more than 50 percent of votes cast, but it was the highest of only two candidates. This scenario can happen in a real ranked-choice contest when only two candidates remain.

Learn more about ranked-choice voting.

School board type voting 

Favorite event at Parktacular was not a ranked-choice race and was designed to work like races for school board in the City of St. Louis Park. Voters could select up to four choices, and the four options that received the most votes were elected in a single round of counting.

Ranked-choice races 

In the first round of counting a ranked choice race, we total the first choice votes and check whether any option received more votes than the threshold. The threshold for declaring a winner is 50 percent of total votes cast (759) plus one.

Favorite JonnyPop flavor
Flavor choice Number of votes Percent of votes 
Cherry chocolate 75 10 %
Dark chocolate 187 25 %
Mango 111 15 %
Raspberry blueberry 117 15 %
Strawberry 228 30 %
Overvote 1 %
Undervote 28  4 %
UWI 5 1 %
Total votes continuing 759  
Exhausted votes  
Sum of all ballots  759  

Threshold = 380

Strawberry received the most votes (228), but did not have more than the threshold (380) to be declared the winner. Overvotes, undervotes and undeclared write-ins (UWI) received the fewest votes (8, 28 and 5 respectively) and will be eliminated in the next round of counting. The next highest choices on those ballots will be added to the totals of the remaining choices.

Best slide in the Aquatic Park
Slide choice Number of votes Percent of votes 
Body slide 309 41 %
Tube slide 368 48 %
Overvote 7 1 %
Undervote 60 8 %
UWI 15  2 %
Total votes continuing 759  
Exhausted votes 0  
Sum of all ballots 759  

Threshold = 380

Tube slide received the most votes (368), but did not have more than the threshold (380) to be declared the winner. Overvotes, undervotes and undeclared write-ins (UWI) received the fewest votes (7, 60 and 15 respectively) and will be eliminated in the next round of counting. The next highest choices on those ballots will be added to the totals of the remaining choices.

Best park in St. Louis Park
Park options Number of votes Percent of votes
Aquila Park 1 0 %
Birchwood Park 58 8 %
Bronx Park 4 1 %
Browndale Park 53 7 % 
Dakota Park 3 0 %
Fern Hill Park 1 0 %
Justad Park 2 0 %
Louisiana Oaks Park 41 5 %
Minikahda Vista Park 1 0 %
Nelson Park 16 2 %
Oak Hill Park 147 19 %
Pennsylvania Park 0 %
Triangle Park 0 0 %
Willow Park 2 0 %
Wolfe Park 391 52 %
Overvote 6 1 %
Undervote 27 4 %
UWI 5 1 %
Total votes continuing 759  
Exhausted votes 0  
Sum of all ballots 759  

Threshold = 380

*Percent of votes is calculated based on the sum of all ballots.

In round 1, Wolfe Park received the most votes (391), and did have more than the threshold (380) to be declared the winner. Wolfe Park is the winner. No further rounds of counting are required. .

School board style race

There is no threshold for winning a race of this type. The top four events with the most votes are elected in a single round of counting.

Favorite Parktacular event
Event choice Number of votes
Bingo 58
Food trucks 228
Grand Day Parade 250 
Health Fair 47 
Kidtacular Kid's Expo 131 
Parktacular Expo 170 
Pet-A-Palooza 208 
Rock the ROC with R Factor 50 
Write-ins 50
Overvote 12
Undervote 1832
Total votes continuing 759