Election Day is fast approaching. Be sure you’re ready to cast your first Bloomington ballot using the ranked choice voting method in municipal races.
Last November, Bloomington voters approved the use of ranked choice voting for future city council and mayoral elections. This changes how residents vote for mayor and city councilmembers. This does not change how residents vote in federal, state, county or school board elections. The City’s existing election equipment, including ballot counters, is compatible with ranked choice voting.
Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Louis Park currently use ranked choice voting for municipal elections. It is used in various other jurisdictions around the country. Voters in Minnetonka also opted for ranked choice voting in the 2020 election.
“We’re helping residents prepare for coming to the polls in a variety of ways,” City Clerk Christina Scipioni said. “We’ve been at the Farmers Market, Arts in the Parks events, and more, talking to residents about how ranked choice voting works. We also held a mock election in late July and early August, which provided a chance for voters to look at the new ranking system firsthand.”
What is ranked choice voting?
Sometimes referred to as “instant runoff voting” or “preferential voting,” ranked choice voting allows voters to rank their choices for each office. On election night, first-choice votes are counted. If no candidate has a majority of the votes (more than 50%), the candidate with the fewest number of first-choice votes is eliminated. Voters who picked the eliminated candidate as their first choice have their second-choice vote counted instead. This process repeats until one candidate has a majority. Watch a video on how ranked choice voting works at blm.mn/vote.
Find your sample ballot
See who is running for City Council in your neighborhood. Find your sample ballot online at mnvotes.org.
For information about voter registration, visit mnvotes.org. Watch candidate testimonial videos on the City’s YouTube channel at blm.mn/youtube. Read more about ranked choice voting at blm.mn/vote.