RCV process changes and results
The 2013 Municipal Election was on November 5, 2013. Offices on the RCV ballot included: Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate & Taxation, and Park & Recreation Board.
- New voting machines secured to allow for a Cast Vote Record export.
- Hand-sorting and hand-counting process was no longer necessary.
- Some unofficial winners were announced on election night based on the count first-ranked choices.
- Reduced the time it took to finish all tabulation from 15 days to 3 days.
- The RCV ordinance was amended to clarify voter intent guidelines.
- Ensured that a voter’s ballot would count toward a preferred candidate even if there were some technical errors.
The 2017 Municipal Election was on November 7, 2017. Offices on the RCV ballot included: Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate & Taxation, and Park & Recreation Board.
- Batch elimination was introduced.
- Allowed multiple candidates to be defeated during the tabulation process based on a mathematical review of their potential vote total.
- The tabulation team was increased so that two races could be tabulated concurrently.
- Resulted in all tabulation being completed the day after Election Day, meaning that unofficial results from all races were available less than 24 hours after the polls closed.
- In partnership with the Information Technology department, we introduced data visualizations to display the round-by-round changes in tabulation for each race.
Special Election - Council Ward 6 was held on August 11, 2020 in conjunction with the State Primary. The only office on the RCV ballot was for City Council Ward 6. Only Ward 6 voters had this race on their ballot.
- First special election conducted using RCV in Minneapolis.
- First time that a Minneapolis RCV race appeared on a state and federal ballot.
- The tabulation process mirrored 2017 procedures, and the entire tabulation was completed in under two hours.