History of Ranked-Choice Voting in St. Louis Park

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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 took effect 90 days after passage and publication, according to law, on Aug. 15, 2018. The process by which a city can amend their charter is outlined in Minnesota Statute 410.12.

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

Timeline

Additional information and details on the city council meeting dates below can be found on the city council meetings and agendas page.

Meeting date Meeting type Discussion topics  Related documents 
Dec. 3, 2018 City council regular meeting
  • Second reading of ordinance — Unanimously approved

Staff report

Ordinance No. 25418-18

Nov. 19, 2018 City council regular meeting
  • First reading of ordinance — Unanimously approved

Staff report

Presentation

Oct. 22, 2018 City council study session
  • Review draft ordinance (written report only)
Staff report
Sept. 4, 2018 City council special study session
  • Voting systems
  • Testing
  • Equity and inclusion check-in
  • Reporting results
  • Post election review
  • Recounts

Staff report

Presentation

Aug. 6, 2018 City council special study session
  • Tabulation of votes
  • Write-in votes
  • Method of resolving ties

Staff report

Presentation

July 9, 2018 City council study session
  • Ballot formatting
  • Number of rankings

Staff report

Presentation

June 11, 2018 City council study session
  • Basic definitions
  • Legal overview of process
  • "Minneapolis model" review

Staff report

Presentation

May 8, 2018 City council
  • Second reading of ordinance amending city charter to allow use of ranked-choice voting — Unanimously approved
Ordinance No. 2535-18
April 16, 2018 City council
  • First reading of ordinance amending city charter to allow use of ranked-choice voting — Unanimously approved
 
March 13, 2018 Charter commission
  • Vote on formal recommendation to council

Resolution No. 18-01

March 6, 2018 Charter commission Q&A panel
  • Public was invited to provide input on ranked-choice voting
  • No formal business was conducted at the meeting
 
Feb. 13, 2018 Charter commission listening session
  • Panelists were selected by the commission
  • Questions were from the commission

Panelist biographies

Jan. 10, 2018 Charter commission
  • Develop schedule for public process related to ranked-choice voting charter amendment
 
Dec. 6, 2017 Charter commission
  • Ranked-choice voting charter amendment discussion
 
Oct. 24, 2017 Charter commission
  • Review and discuss two possible charter amendments about municipal elections, one of which pertained to ranked choice voting
Staff report and resolution
All meetings were televised live on ParkTV Channel 17. Meetings are also available to watch on-demand through city cable channels and on YouTube.