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Whether that’s a good thing is open to question. Voters are likely struggling to suss out the leading candidates’ differences on issues. (Today’s OpEx is here to help.) Some Minneapolitans — and not just journalists — kvetch that so much mutual respect has failed to engage the electorate. Which leads to the last RCV promise:
• With the chance to register more choices, more citizens will participate — and special-interest influence will wane. Tuesday’s turnout will tell the tale. In 1993, the last time no incumbent was on the mayoral ballot, turnout was 45.3 percent. Miss that mark by much, and RCV critics will pounce, saying the balloting method was too confusing or too time-consuming or too boring to work.
Others will say it shows that Minneapolitans aren’t the supercitizens they claim to be. You don’t want that smear to catch on, Minneapolis? The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. That website again: vote.minneapolismn.gov.
Lori Sturdevant is a Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist. She is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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