Bloomington voters will use ranked choice voting for the first time at the November 2, 2021 election. All voters will have a councilmember at-large race on their ballots. Voters in Districts 3 and 4 will also have a district councilmember race on their ballots.
The City will be hosting a fun, unofficial mock election for voters to practice voting via a ranked choice ballot. Stop by Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, during the following times:
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31,
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 2 to Friday, August 6
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 4
Preregistration is not required for the mock election.
Sometimes referred to as “instant runoff voting” or “preferential voting,” ranked choice voting is a process that allows voters to rank their choices for each office.
First choice votes are counted. If no candidate has a majority of the votes (more than 50%), the candidate with the least 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 or until only two candidates remain.
In 2021, the cities of Bloomington and Minnetonka will join Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Paul in using ranked choice voting for municipal elections. Ranked choice voting is also used in various other jurisdictions around the country.
In the 2020 General Election, Bloomington voters approved adopting Ranked choice voting to elect the Mayor and City Council members. The vote was 51.2% voting YES and 48.8% voting NO.
On April 26, 2021, the City Council passed an ordinance to approve ranked choice voting in the City of Bloomington. This election will be the first time ranked choice voting will be used in Bloomington.