Ranked Voting

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Saint Paul voters will vote for mayor on 11/2/2021 using the ranked voting method. Ranked voting allows voters to rank multiple candidates for the same office in order of preference. 

Instructions: 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. To learn more about the legal process for counting votes in the ranked voting method, visit our election results page for information on ranked voting reallocation.

Example of a ranked voting ballot

Additional information to know

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 Day, a reallocation to determine a winner is anticipated to begin on Friday, November 5.

Reminder about school board: 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.

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.