Saint Paul (MN) Voters Adopt New System

Nov. 5, 2009, midnight

Against the backdrop of mostly state and local elections, voters in Saint Paul, Minnesota agreed on Wednesday to adopt the alternative vote (AV) for city elections. Known in the United States as ranked choice or instant runoff voting, AV asks voters to rank candidates so that, if no candidate wins a majority of first choices, voters’ second picks may also be tallied. Saint Paul joins 15 other localities currently or on the way to using AV.

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