RCV process changes and results
2013 Municipal Election
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.
2017 Municipal Election
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.
2020 Special Election
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.
2021 Municipal Election
The 2021 Municipal Election was on November 2, 2021. Offices on the RCV ballot included: Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate & Taxation, and Park & Recreation Board.
- Staffing for the tabulation team was increased so that up to four races could be tabulated concurrently.
- All tabulation was completed and results were announced by 5 p.m. on the day after Election Day.
- The Ranked Choice Voting Universal Tabulator software was introduced as a quality check step during tabulation.
- This automated tool tabulates RCV results in seconds and confirmed the winners determined through the existing tabulation process.
- We developed procedures and successfully conducted the first full recount of an RCV election in Minneapolis for the City Council Ward 2 race.