Minneapolis Voters Face Crowded, Unique Ballot

Updated: 10/24/2013 4:12 PM KSTP.com By: Tom Hauser

It only costs $20 to run for mayor in Minneapolis. So now 35 candidates are about to get their money's worth on Election Day. That's how many candidates plunked down 20 bucks to put their name on what is a very crowded ballot. They were attracted by a race with no incumbent after Mayor R.T. Rybak opted not to run for re-election. 

Also in play, "Ranked-Choice Voting," in which voters can choose their first, second and third choices for mayor. 

"We're encouraging them to print off the sample ballot that's specific to their precinct so they can refer to it, study in advance," says Grace Wachlarowicz, the Minneapolis Director of Elections.

The city has also produced a web video in four languages that explains how ranked-choice voting works.  They'll also send out a voter guide to every household next week.

It turns out voting won't be the only tricky part of the election. 

Counting the top three choices of voters choosing among 35 candidates could be very time consuming.  Wachlarowicz says it's "highly probable" they won't be able to declare a winner on election night. 

They're confident they should know a winner by the day after the election.