St. Paul Instant Run-Off Voting Question (2009)
The question will ask whether voters want to change the way they elect city officials.
In instant-runoff voting, also called ranked-choice voting, voters will rank candidates in order of preference. If no candidate gains a majority, the candidate with the least amount of support is dropped and the second-place votes cast by supporters of that candidate are added to the remaining candidates. This same process continues until one candidate gains a majority.
Previous attempts for IRV
In July 2008, under the threat of a lawsuit, the St. Paul City Council on voted against putting the Instant Run-Off Voting (IRV) question on the November 2008 ballot. During this time, IRV was deemed a controversial method, and city council members said it would probably violate the state's constitution.
The St. Paul city attorney's office offered their opinion on IRV in a 10 page opinion, laying out an argument that stated the voting method would more than likely violate the Minnesota Constitution. Council members approved a separate resolution that called for the question to be put on the ballot if instant-runoff voting is found to be acceptable constitutional.
- ↑ Minneapolis-St.Paul Star Tribune, "St. Paul voters to get instant runoff question in November", June 24, 2009
- ↑ Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, "St. Paul instant-runoff voting question to stay off ballot", July 2, 2008
- ↑ Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, "St. Paul advised not to consider instant-runoff election system", June 18, 2008