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Citywide mock election - Sept. 17, 2019

On Sept. 17, the election team held a citywide mock election at four locations across the city. During the mock election, 84 attendees voted for their favorite famous person in St. Louis Park, favorite artist designed "I voted" sticker and their favorite annual event in the city. Results are shown below.

Residents had a chance to see how their ballot will be laid out in the election and how it works. Leading election judges set up a mock polling place environment and were able to practice explaining the system to voters.

Ranked-choice races

Three races on the ballot used ranked-choice voting. The first question asked voters to choose their favorite famous person in St. Louis Park. Voters selected from the options, which were limited to two individuals to mirror how many candidates filed for the mayor’s race, or wrote in their favorite famous person. In round one, Joel and Ethan Cohen received 52 votes, 62 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 artist designed "I voted" sticker. Voters selected from three designs and selected bundt cake as the favorite after two rounds of counting. Artist Xiao Xie designed a work of art in partnership with the City of St. Louis Park and Friends of the Arts that was used as the basis for these stickers.

The third ranked-choice race was for favorite annual event. Only two options were provided to mirror the number of candidates filed for city council member at large B. After eliminating errors and write-ins, Parktacular had the most votes. It didn't 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 race when only two candidates remain.

Learn more about ranked-choice voting.

School board type voting 

Naming the new interpretive center rooms at Westwood Hills Nature Center was not a ranked-choice race; it 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 (84) plus one.

Favorite famous person in St. Louis Park
Person Number of votes Percent of votes 
Joel and Ethan Cohen 52 62 %
Sharon Isbin 19 23 %
Overvote 0 0 %
Undervote 5 6 %
UWI 8 10 %
Total votes continuing 84  
Exhausted votes  
Sum of all ballots  84  

Threshold = 43

Joel and Ethan Cohen received the most votes (52), which was more than the threshold. They were declared the winner in a single round of counting.

Favorite "I voted" style sticker
Sticker design Number of votes Percent of votes 
Bundt cake 36 43 %
Water tower 28 33 %
West End 19 23 % 
Overvote 0 0 %
Undervote 1 <1 %
UWI 0 %
Total votes continuing 84  
Exhausted votes 0  
Sum of all ballots 84  

Threshold = 43

Bundt cake received the most votes (36), but did not have more than the threshold (43) to be declared the winner. Overvotes, undervotes and undeclared write-ins (UWI) received the fewest votes (0, 1 and 0 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.

Favorite annual event
Event Number of votes Percent of votes
Holiday train 36 43 %
Parktacular 41 49 %
Overvote 1 1 %
Undervote 3 4 %
UWI 3 4 %
Total votes continuing 84  
Exhausted votes 0  
Sum of all ballots 84  

Threshold = 43

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

Parktacular received the most votes (41), but did not have more than the threshold (43) to be declared the winner. Overvotes, undervotes and undeclared write-ins (UWI) received the fewest votes (1, 3 and 3 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.

School board style race

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

Conference room name at Westwood Hills Nature Center
Room name Number of votes
Oak 54
Willow 54 
Aspen 45 
Birch 40 
Tamarack 32 
Elm 30
Basswood 29 
Write-ins 15
Overvote 84
Underevote 33 
 Total votes 84