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Two minute drill: Ranked choice voting explained

Posted at 1:16 PM on November 8, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

Two years ago in Minneapolis we called it "instant runoff." Today, with St. Paul voters giving it a try, the description is "ranked choice." But the idea is the same.

My MPR News colleagues Molly Bloom and Curtis Gilbert are experts at making the complex simple. They did in 2009 with this video. Gilbert today explains:

Two years ago, when Minneapolis switched to the system for its municipal elections, Molly Bloom and I put together this handy little video. It explains how ranked choice (a.k.a. instant runoff) voting works in less than two minutes.

The system comes into play only in St. Paul city council races with three or more candidates running. So if you live in wards 1, 2 or 3, you'll have the option of ranking the candidates for city council.
Check out the video.


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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.