More choices, more voices
The City of St. Louis Park uses the ranked-choice voting system for municipal elections to elect mayor and councilmembers. Municipal elections occur in the odd-numbered years.
The ranked-choice voting system will be used for the first time in the city on Nov. 5, 2019 to elect the mayor, council member at large A and council member at large B.
What is ranked choice voting?
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.
Using the ranked-choice voting system, votes are tabulated to determine winners. In order to be declared the winner of a race, a candidate must reach a threshold of 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast for the office.
St. Louis Park voters will be able to rank three choices for each municipal office on their ballot in 2019. Voting will be similar to past elections, but the main difference is a new ballot style that will allow voters to rank up to three choices per municipal office. School district races will be located on the opposite side of the ballot and will use the traditional, non-RCV voting method.
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