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City Council Considering Change to Duluth's Voting System

Updated: 06/05/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 9:20 PM WDIO.com

Duluth voters could soon face a choice on whether to change the city's election process.

Ranked-choice voting was discussed at the City Council's agenda session Thursday night. The system would eliminate an August primary election and put more candidates on the ballot in November.

Instead of voting for one candidate, voters rank their top three choices by preference.

If a voter's first choice doesn't have enough support to win, their second choice would be counted, and so on. 

"The risk of the current system is that often campaigns are about pitting candidates against each other," City Councilor Emily Larson said ahead of the meeting. "In a ranked-choice campaign, what you get to do is really talk about the issues, because I would be campaigning just as much for your second place vote as for your first."

The proposal is scheduled for its first reading at Monday's city council meeting. 

If passed, Duluth residents could have a say on the ranked-choice system in November.

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