Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank candidates on the ballot according to their preference - 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc. Voters cast their vote for their favorite candidate knowing that if he or she doesn't gather enough votes to win, their vote will count toward their second choice. In a single-winner election, votes cast for the least popular candidate are not "wasted", but rather redistributed to more popular candidates, based on the voters' second choices, until one candidate wins with a majority of votes.
Who's Your Favorite President?
How Single Seat Elections Work:
Ranked Choice Voting Local Options Bill (S.F. 335, H.F. 367)
...would give communities local control to use Ranked Choice Voting.
"If cities want to eliminate separate, low-turnout, unrepresentative primaries—and broaden political participation in the process—they shouldn’t need to seek special legislative permission." - Rep. Steve Simon
The bill is “just common sense. This is simply about getting out of the way and letting cities innovate.” - Sen. Ann Rest
What do voters say about ranked ballots?
Minneapolis voters speak after voting on November 5, 2013
This spring, a Rasmussen poll found that more than half of U.S. voters believe that neither of the two “major parties” is the “party of the American people.” The percentage of voters who report feeling disengaged from both the Republican and the Democratic parties had risen to a troubling 53 percent — up several points in less than a year.
Given the strong presence of third parties in Minnesota, it is important
that our elections reflect as much of the thinking of the electorate as
possible. Ranked Choice Voting is designed to bring the full view
of the voter to light. It will ensure that election results reflect the
majority opinion and, in some instances, will allow third party and candidates
who are newer to the political arena to compete on a more equal footing with
incumbents and major party candidates who are invariably better funded. People
will be able to cast their ballots with the confidence that their votes do
count; that there are multiple choices and not just two.
Stacy Bee, President, ESBEE Public Relations and Marketing
August 7, 2014 (Minneapolis) - The Minneapolis Charter Commission recently approved a proposal to raise the candidate filing fees for city offices. The proposal will now go before Minneapolis voters this November.
The approved ballot language:
Washington, D.C., is more partisan, polarized and broken than ever, and new polls show that an overwhelming 78 percent of Americans think our country is headed in the wrong direction.
‘Palate to the Ballot’ Promotes RCV and a Better Democracy