Rank Vote Problems Give Rise to Suggested Improvements

Updated: 11/07/2013 6:30 PM KSTP.com By: Tim Sherno

With no official winner in the Minneapolis mayoral race as of Thursday evening, city officials and election advocates are looking for changes that could make the next vote go more quickly.

Jeanne Massey is the Executive Director of Fair Vote Minnesota, she says the rank voting system worked smoothly but was bogged down by lengthy list of candidates, "I think the city did not see that coming when the ordinance was written and they didn't see it coming when they didn't change the filing requirement."

Massey says by raising the bar for would be candidates, the list of potential candidates should shrink, "Its important that a candidate demonstrate the intention to mount a campaign, and capture votes."

Another possible adjustment would allow candidates with no votes, or few votes to be removed from the counting process.

Casey Carl is Minneapolis City Clerk, he says dedicated tabulating equipment would speed up the process, but there is a problem, "There's no equipment on the market that currently tabulates rank choice voting ballots."