Ranked Voting in Saint Paul
Ranked Voting Reallocation
In 2017, Saint Paul voters will be able to rank up to six different candidates in order of preference for the mayoral race.
How to mark your ballot
The ballot will have two parts: one for the mayoral office and one for the school board office. For the mayoral only, voters will have the option to rank the candidates in order of their preference.You can rank as many candidates as are on the ballot, up to a maximum of six. You are not required to rank more than one candidate when voting.
What if I make a mistake?
If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can request a new ballot from any election judge. Absentee voters can call or email our office to receive a new ballot.
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 will start on November 9, 2017. 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.