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Continued: First? Second? Third? Choices and confusion for Minneapolis election

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 13, 2013 - 6:52 AM

Apart from endorsing the ranked-choice voting method, candidates have shied away from stating their own second- and third-choice votes.

In response to a Star Tribune inquiry, however, most candidates did outline which other candidates are among their top choices. That informal survey of the top eight candidates revealed a budding, though perhaps uncoordinated, alliance among Hodges, Samuels and Winton — all of whom listed each other as a top choice.

Only one candidate, Jackie Cherryhomes, listed Mark Andrew as a top choice.

(See the full responses at startribune.com/mpls2013.)

City officials have rolled out a revamped website, vote.minneapolismn.gov, to help explain the process. And they will mail out a voter information guide to city residents, run public service announcements on cable television and staff up with extra election judges on Election Day.

“I think we’ve put more resources into voter outreach and education than ever before,” said Council Member Cam Gordon, chair of the city’s Elections Committee.

Ranked-choice voting advocate Jeanne Massey, with FairVote Minnesota, is a constant presence at events around the city. FairVote presses for ranked-choice voting in communities nationwide; 11 now use it, including St. Paul.

Massey said that ranking is increasingly familiar to people, but that “I think a minimal level of understanding of the tabulation process is important so they know why to rank.”

FairVote’s surveys show that despite its ground game, most voters will get information through mass media. The group is taking all opportunities to get the message out, such as appearing on Somali radio and television programs.

 

Eric Roper • 612-673-1732 Twitter: @StribRoper

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