Ranked Voting

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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 an absolute majority (50 percent + 1) of the first choice votes cast for the office. The first choice votes will be counted by voting equipment at each polling place.

If no candidate gets a majority of first choice votes on election night, counting will resume the following week.

Initially, ballots are sorted by first choice votes and counted to determine the total for each candidate. The candidate receiving the fewest number of votes, plus all other candidates who do not have a mathematical chance to win, will be eliminated. The voters' next highest choice for a candidate still in the running will be added to that candidate's vote total. Ballots that have no votes for a candidate still in the running are set aside.

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