According to an MPR report, voter turnout in 2009, the first attempt at ranked-choice voting in the city, was the lowest in decades. However, voter lethargy could have been related to the beloved incumbent Rybak's shoo-in projection.
On Nov. 5, some great candidates will have an opportunity to win the mayoral seat because of the ranked-choice voting system. Don Samuels, though initially pegged as an underdog to Mark Andrews, could benefit from RCV as voters learn of his work to improve areas of North Minneapolis.
And, if for some reason you have the urge to vote for the Pirate Party as your first choice but feel like it might be "throwing your vote away," have no fear! Your second or third choice on your ballot could be a contender.
Note: Make sure you are registered to vote in your neighborhood to avoid the longer process of same-day registration.