Ranked-Choice Voting

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Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a method of voting that allows voters to rank multiple candidates for the same office in order of preference. RCV can only be used to elect the offices of mayor and councilmember. It is not used in elections for the school board, county, state or federal offices. RCV combines the primary and general election into one event in November.

The St. Louis Park City Council unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2535-18 amending the city charter to allow for the use of ranked-choice voting in municipal elections. The ordinance will go into effect 90 days after passage and publication, according to law, on Aug. 15, 2018. 

The earliest ranked-choice voting will be used in St. Louis Park is November 2019. 

The city council will now begin the process of developing and writing a separate ordinance that will provide the rules for the administration of municipal elections. This process will occur in phases over the next six months.

Contact

For more information on ranked-choice voting or to submit a comment, contact the city clerk at mkennedy@stlouispark.org

Updates

This page will be regularly updated with information concerning ranked-choice voting.

Additional information regarding the charter commission recommendation can be found in the charter commission minutes and agendas.

Additional information regarding the city council's action can be found in the city council agendas and minutes.

The process by which a city can amend their charter is outlined in Minnesota Statute 410.12.

Timeline

May 8, 2018

The St. Louis Park City Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance amending the City Charter to allow the for the use of ranked-choice voting in municipal elections to elect the offices of mayor and councilmember.   Before ranked-choice voting can be used in St. Louis Park, the city council is required to develop and approve rules for the administration of municipal elections.  This process will occur over the next 6 months. 

April 16, 2018

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 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.

If the second reading is approved, the ordinance will officially become part of the St. Louis Park City Charter 90 days after passage and publication.

Approval of the ordinance to amend the city charter does not mean the city is ready to start using ranked-choice voting.

March 14, 2018

On March 13, 2018 the St. Louis Park Charter Commission met and adopted Resolution No. 18-01 recommending that the city council adopt a charter amendment by ordinance authorizing ranked choice voting.

Jan. 25, 2018

The schedule generated and approved by the charter commission in January for the public was as follows:

  • Expert Q&A panel: Feb. 13, 2018
    • Panelists were selected by the charter commission. View the panelist biographies.
    • Questions were from the charter commission. 
    • The public was welcome to attend to listen to the discussion.
    • To watch a recording of the session visit the city's YouTube channel.
  • Listening Session: March 6, 2018
    • The public was invited to attend and provide input to the charter commission on the topic of ranked-choice voting.
    • No formal business was conducted by the charter commission at this meeting.
    • Watch the session video.
  • Charter commission meeting: March 13, 2018
    • The Charter Commission met to vote on a formal recommendation to the City Council regarding ranked-choice voting.  This meeting was open to the public, however, no public comment was taken by the commission at this meeting.
    • Watch the meeting video.

All meetings were televised live on ParkTV Channel 17.  Meetings are also available to watch on-demand via city cable channels, and on YouTube

December 2017

Discussion continued on the topic of RCV. The next regular meeting of the charter commission was scheduled for January.

October 2017

The charter commission met on Oct. 24, 2017, to review and discuss two possible charter amendments about municipal elections, one of which pertained to ranked choice voting. Following extensive discussion, the commission determined that more information and discussion was needed regarding the implementation of ranked choice voting before a recommendation could be made to the city council. The commission scheduled another meeting for Dec. 6, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., and directed staff to return with additional information in response to the questions raised by commission members.

Read the staff report and resolution.