An organization, called Fair Vote Minnesota, has petitioned throughout Duluth and received more than 1,600 signatures, which was the magic number, and now puts the question of ranked choice voting on the ballot this November. Councilor Joel Sipress believes the term ‘ranked choice voting’ encompasses two different voting systems. The first is called ‘instant runoff voting’ and is the method used in races electing one person, like the Mayor or district councilors. The second, is called ‘single transferable voting,’ a system designed for races electing multiple people at the same time, like the at–large city councilors.
His hope is to clarify those differences for voters. “To me, using the term ‘ranked choice voting’ to refer to two different voting systems, is confusing, because you’re calling two different things the same thing,” Sipress explained.
At-Large City Councilor Linda Krug, however, believes doing that would only complicate the question for voters.