Ranked Voting

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In 2019, ranked voting was used in all Saint Paul city council races for the Nov. 5 general election.

Reallocation for Wards 1 & 6 began Fri. Nov. 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. at the Ramsey County Plato building and concluded around 4:30 p.m. See more information on the reallocation process below and results of the reallocation on our Election Results page.

Saint Paul ward sample ballots

Below are precinct 1 ballots from each Saint Paul ward. The order of candidates differed by precinct.

Example of a ranked voting ballot

Example of a ranked voting ballot

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. 

Ranked Voting Reallocation

Winning the election

Candidates win the election by getting a majority of first choice votes cast on election night (50% of votes plus one additional vote).

If no candidate receives a majority of first choice votes, a reallocation occurs. The candidate who receives the fewest number of first choice votes will be eliminated. Votes from the eliminated candidate will then be reallocated to the remaining candidates based on the voter’s next highest choice.

The counting and reallocation continues in rounds until one candidate receives a majority of votes. If only two candidates remain and neither has received a majority of votes cast, then the candidate with the most votes is the winner.