Ranked Voting

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Saint Paul voters use the ranked voting method for city elections. Ranked voting allows voters to rank multiple candidates for the same office in order of preference. 


Pick your first choice by completely filling in the box next to that candidate’s name. If you have a second choice, fill in the box next to that candidate. Continue this process to pick your remaining choices, if you have any. Note: marking a candidate means that you would like them to receive your vote; there is a chance that any candidate you mark will have that vote counted toward their total. 

Example of a ranked voting ballot

To avoid making mistakes

  • Do not select more than one candidate for a single choice.
  • Do not select the same candidate for more than one choice.
  • Never write in numbers; instead, always fill in the box next to the candidate’s name.

Replacement ballots

If you make a mistake while voting your absentee ballot, you may request a new ballot by calling the Elections Office. If voting on Election Day, you may visit the ballot judge to exchange your original ballot for a new one.

School board race does not use ranked voting

The Saint Paul School Board race, located on the other side of the ballot, does not use the ranked voting method. School board members will be elected using the traditional voting method.

Winning the election

A candidate wins the election by getting an absolute majority of first-choice votes – 50% plus one. If no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes on Election night, results must be determined through a reallocation process.