All About Ranked Choice Voting

Use your power and rank your vote!

Congratulations! If you are a resident of Bloomington, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park or St. Paul, your city uses Ranked Choice Voting for municipal elections.

In each city, RCV replaced the old primary-general election system with a single higher turnout and more diverse election in November. Before RCV, the cities held early August primaries for which as few as 3% of voters turned out. RCV accomplishes in a single, less costly, and more inclusive election what used to be done in two. The result has been higher voter participation, more diverse candidates, more civil campaigns, and happier voters.

Ranked Choice Voting is a simple but powerful way to vote that allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference and ensures winners with a majority or the highest support possible in a single, decisive and cost-effective election. In ranked choice elections, voters rank as many or as few candidates as they like from their favorite to least favorite: first choice, second choice, and so on.

Rank Your Vote is a project of FairVote Minnesota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan election reform organization that engages hundreds of volunteers and thousands of supporters. Together, we work for a stronger democracy through public education and advocacy for Ranked Choice Voting, a system proven to be more inclusive, democratic, and representative than our current plurality electoral system. We educate and support candidates, elected officials, cities and voters in preparation for RCV elections.