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2015 Ranked Voting Information

Ranked Voting Method

Voters in Saint Paul use the ranked voting method to elect the city council and mayor. In 2015, voters will be able to rank up to six different candidates in order of preference for the city council races.

The Saint Paul School Board will continue to use the traditional voting method.  The school board races will be located on the other side of the ballot. You may vote for up to four school board candidates.

Do Not Make These Mistakes!

If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can request a new ballot from any election judge.  Absentee voters can call (651) 266-2171 or email to receive a new ballot.


Frequently Asked Questions

Ranked Voting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)        

Ranked Voting Videos


Video 1 - Information on Ranked Voting                 Video 2 - Information on Reallocation

Winning the Election

Candidates win the election by getting an absolute majority of the first choice votes cast for the office: 50% + 1.  The first choice votes will be counted by voting equipment at each polling place.  On election night, the vote totals will be available online at

If no candidate gets a majority of first choice votes on election night, counting will resume on Monday, November 9.

In each round, the candidate receiving the fewest number of votes, plus all other candidates who do not have a mathematical chance to win, will be eliminated.  The voters' next highest choice for a candidate still in the running will be added to that candidate's vote total. Ballots that have no votes for a candidate still in the running are set aside.

The counting and reallocation continues in rounds until a candidate achieves a majority of votes.  If only two candidates remain and neither has achieved a majority of votes cast, then the candidate with the most votes is the winner.

Counting Examples (pdf)

Sample Reallocation Spreadsheet (pdf)

Saint Paul Ranked Voting Ordinance (pdf)

St Paul Ranked Voting Administrative Rules (pdf)

Example ballot (pdf)

Historical Ranked Voting Information