Everything you need to know about ranked voting in St. Paul

Starting in 2017, St. Paul residents will be casting their votes using the new ranked choice ballots! For the mayoral race only, voters can rank the candidates in order of their preference. You can rank all six candidates on the ballot but are not required to rank more than one candidate.

Candidates win the election by getting a majority of first choice votes on election day. Or, if no candidate receives the majority of votes, a “reallocation” occurs. That means that the candidate with the least number of first choice votes is eliminated, then those votes are reallocated to their second choice candidate. The elimination and reallocation continues until one candidate has the majority of votes.

Watch the video below to learn why and how ranked choice voting works!

Learn more about voting in St. Paul at https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/ranked-voting.