Updated: 02/13/2014 10:42 PM
Created: 02/12/2014 10:52 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer, Alan Hoglund
According to a memo from Duluth City Clerk Jeff Cox and City Attorney Gunnar Johnson, the voting method used to appoint Joel Sipress to the 2nd District council seat was used incorrectly. Now a special meeting has been set to revote.
In the council's meeting on Monday, after several hours of debate to determine who would fill the post, councilors could not agree on an appointee. They then used a method known as ranked choice voting.
However, FairVote Minnesota, an organization promoting ranked choice voting, says that method was incorrectly used, and the vote actually ended in a tie between Sipress and candidate Kathy Heltzer.
Angie Miller was another finalist for the position to fill Patrick Boyle's position after he was elected to the St. Louis County Board.
"Right now I'm focused on my new role as Second District City Councilor," Sipress said in a statement Thursday. "This whole situation is unfortunate and my fellow councilors will need to determine how they wish to address it. I trust that they will do so with wisdom and care."
Council President Linda Krug told Eyewitness News Thursday that a special meeting to revote on Sipress' appointment must happen. According to the city website, it has been set for Thursday, February 20, at 5:15 p.m.
You can read the full memo by clicking here.
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