Ranked Voting

Contact us

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

Reallocation will begin Fri. Nov. 8, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. and continue through the weekend until complete. Reallocation occurs at the Ramsey County Plato building in the conference center. See more information on reallocation below.

Saint Paul ward sample ballots

The order of candidates differ by precinct. For questions, call the Elections office.

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.