RCV process changes and results

Changes that have been made since the 2009 ranked choice voting (RCV) election. Also, view results from past Minneapolis RCV elections.

Minneapolis RCV elections since 2009

Since our first RCV election in 2009, we've held RCV elections in 2013, 2017, and 2020. We've made process improvements each year as outlined below.

Learn more about how we implemented RCV from 2006 to 2009.

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.

Read our post-election report from 2013.

2013 Municipal Election Results

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.

Read our post-election report from 2017.

2017 Municipal Election Results

2020 Special Election

Special Election - Council Ward 6 was held on August 11, 2020 in conjuntion 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.

2020 Special Election Results

Minneapolis RCV before 2013

Our first RCV election was in 2009. Read how we implemented RCV between 2006-2009.

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