NOTE: For historical information on the 2011 Ranked Voting Saint Paul election click here
Why Ranked Voting?
In 2009, Saint Paul voters approved the Ranked Voting method to elect the mayor and members of the city council Saint Paul voters used Ranked Voting in 2011 to elect members of the city council. In 2013, voters will be able to rank up to six different candidates in order of preference for the mayor's race and for the Ward 1 city council race.
The Saint Paul School Board will continue to use the traditional voting method. The school board races will be located on the other side of the ballot. You may vote for up to three school board candidates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ranked Voting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How to Mark Your Ballot
The ballot will have two parts - one for the city council office and one for the school board office. For the city office only, voters will have the option to rank the candidates in order of their preference:
Do Not Make These Mistakes!
If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can request a new ballot from any election judge. Absentee voters can call (651) 266-2171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a new ballot.
Ranked Voting Pamphlet
Pamphlet - English Pamphlet - Hmoob Pamphlet - Soomaali Pamphlet - Español
Ranked Voting Posters
Poster - English Poster - Hmoob
Poster - Soomaali Poster - Español
Ranked Voting Videos
Video 1 - Information on Ranked Voting Video 2 - Information on Reallocation
Winning the Election
Candidates win the election by getting an absolute majority of the first choice votes cast for the office: 50% + 1. The first choice votes will be counted by voting equipment at each polling place. On election night, the vote totals will be available online at www.rcelections.org.
If no candidate gets a majority of first choice votes on election night, counting will resume on Saturday, November 9 for Mayor and Monday, November 11 for Ward 1 Council Member.
In each round, the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes, plus all other candidates who do not have a mathematical chance to win, will be eliminated. The voters' next highest choice for a candidate still in the running will be added to that candidate's vote total. Ballots that have no votes for a candidate still in the running are set aside.
The counting and reallocation continues in rounds until a candidate achieves a majority of votes. If only two candidates remain and neither has achieved a majority of votes cast, then the candidate with the most votes is the winner.
Counting Examples (pdf)
Sample Reallocation Spreadsheet (pdf)
Ranked Voting Handouts for 2013
Saint Paul Ranked Voting Ordinance (pdf)
St Paul Ranked Voting Administrative Rules (pdf)
Example ballot - Ward 1 (pdf)
Example ballot - Wards 2-7 (pdf)