Ranked Choice Voting in Minneapolis

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Presentation on the impact of Ranked Choice Voting on the 2013 municipal elections in Minneapolis, as part of the Common Grounds program at the University of Minnesota, on behalf of Fair Vote Minnesota.


  • 1. Ranked Choice Voting Team Consultants: Janette Davis Amanda Diehl Julia Eagles Katrina Mosser
  • 2. More dialogue during campaigning
  • 3. Decreased attacks and negativity
  • 4. Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland & San Leandro CA Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN South Carolina Takoma Park, MD Louisiana Memphis, TN Arkansas Springfield, IL Portland, ME Burlington, VT Aspen & Telluride, CO Santa Fe, NM Pierce County, WA Hendersonville, NC
  • 5. Ranked Choice Voting, also known as Instant Runoff Voting, is used in 15 cities, parties and countries around the world! Australia Bosnia Bougainville Papua New Guinea The Republic of Ireland London Wellington, New Zealand Malta Sri Lanka Conservative Party in Canada Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta, Canada Liberal Party of New Zealand Hong Kong's Legislative Council
  • 6. City of Minneapolis 2013 Municipal Election Mayor City Council Park Board Board of Estimate and Taxation
  • 7. Campaign finance disclosure forms only kept for 5 years
  • 8. 35 Mayoral candidates!
  • 9. $8 $15 $15 $15 $20 $26 $49 $200 $0 $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 Stephanie Woodruff Cam Winton Betsy Hodges Bob Fine Don Samuels Mark Andrew Jackie Cherryhomes Dan Cohen Expense per first round vote
  • 10. 13 Council Races
  • 11. Conclusions Baseline Data Inconclusive on spending
  • 12. Recommendations Keep records! Do not be constrained by data Qualitative analysis Develop continuing resource