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St. Louis Park moves to switch to ranked choice voting in city elections

St. Louis Park moves to switch to ranked choice voting in city elections

Recently, FairVote covered the news that St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, was considering the adoption of ranked choice voting (RCV) for its city elections. This comes as no surprise, considering the Twin Cities both held extremely successful RCV elections last November. On May 7, the St. Louis City Council voted unanimously to change the city charter, which allows voters to rank candidates by preference.

The council’s work however, is not done on the reform.

“The next step in the process is for the council to work on developing the rules and procedures for the administration of municipal elections,” according to a city staff report. “These rules must then be adopted by council via a separate ordinance. This is a very detailed process that will require time and thoughtful consideration.”

Council members plan to adopt the rules for RCV in time for the next municipal election in 2019. RCV will apply only to council and mayoral elections in St. Louis Park.

Read more about St. Louis Park’s move to RCV here.

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