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Proposal would tweak voter intent guidelines

Posted by: Eric Roper Updated: May 16, 2013 - 1:02 PM

The city's elections committee will soon weigh in on some proposed changes to Minneapolis ordinances surrounding ranked choice voting.

The voting method, which Minneapolis used in a less competitive election four years ago, accounts for voters' second and third choices in selecting a winner. In the mayor's race, that may mean that the winner is many voters' second choice.

But voters sometimes don't fill out the ballots properly. The city has rules to determine voter intent, which it plans to update for the 2013 election. Below are the current and proposed guidelines, side-by-side.

The full ordinance change will be discussed at the city's elections committee next Monday.

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