Mpls. Prepares for Ranked-Choice Voting with Mock Election
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Have you ever voted in a ranked-choice election?
If you haven't, don't worry. The city of Minneapolis will be holding a mock election that will let the city try ranked-choice voting in preparation for the Nov. 5 election.
During the mock election, which runs through Sept. 16, voters can see and experiment with new voting equipment. Polling places will be set up in locations around the city. The city hall mock polling place will be set up for voters for eight days, and polling places will be set up for one day each at four high schools across the city.
On Nov. 5, Minneapolis voters will elect a mayor of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation and Park and Recreation Board. In ranked-choice voting, voters can rank up to three candidates for each office. There will be no primary election this year because of the ranked-choice voting, according to the city.
Voters can practice ranked-choice voting by marking a demonstration ballot, in which they'll be asked to rank city parks in a number of simulated races. They'll also be able to use an AutoMark assisted-voting machine, and get a first look at the new ballot counters.
Officials will help voters register, find their polling place and answer their elections questions. The mock election also will give voters a chance for Election and Voter services staff to test the new ballot counters and tabulate results using the ranked-choice voting system.
Officials will complete tabulation once voting wraps up on Sept. 16.
The mock election will be held at the following locations:
- Minneapolis City Hall rotunda, 350 S. Fifth St. S., weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, through Sept. 16.
- Roosevelt High School cafeteria, 4029 28th Ave. S., from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
- Patrick Henry High School cafeteria, 4320 Newton Ave. N., 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10.
- Washburn High School cafeteria, 201 W. 49th St., 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11.
- Edison High School small gym, 700 22nd Ave. N.E. from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12.