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Continued: Thumbs up for ranked-choice voting; thumbs down for long list of candidates

  • Article by: MATT MCKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 6, 2013 - 12:13 AM

Voter Pat Graiziger said that the ranked-choice system is a great idea and that it should be used in future city elections to prevent recounts. “It challenges you a bit more to get your third [choice],” he said.

The head election judge at a Seventh Ward polling station, Carleton Crawford, said he didn’t see much confusion among voters over ranked-choice voting or surprise at the long list of mayoral candidates.

“Nothing significant,” Crawford said, “nothing like, ‘Where did this come from?’ ”

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