The ordinance was introduced at the Monday, May 18, 2020 city council meeting. The council will hold a public hearing and act on the ordinance at its June 8, 2020 meeting. If adopted, the ordinance will be submitted to the charter commission for review.
Voters, not the city council, will ultimately decide whether Minnetonka will use ranked choice voting for city elections.
- Ranked choice voting eliminates the need for a primary because voters are asked to rank candidates in order of preference.
- If a candidate reaches a majority of the votes cast, that candidate is the winner.
- If no candidate wins a majority of first-preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first-preference votes is eliminated, and all first-preference votes cast for that candidate are eliminated.
- A new tally is then conducted to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes. The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority.
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Even if the council adopts an ordinance to amend the city charter, several additional steps will need to take place before residents would be asked to vote on the issue.
- The charter commission will review the amendment and provide comment to the council.
- After the council receives official feedback from the charter commission, the council is expected to hold another public process to decide if, when and how to put the issue on the ballot.
- In order for ranked choice voting to appear on the 2020 ballot, the city council would need to approve the language by August 2020. If more time is needed, the issue could be added to the ballot in a future election.