Duluth Could Change Its Electoral System, No Primaries Needed

By KBJR News 1

January 27, 2012 Updated Jan 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - A task force is recommending the City of Duluth switch over to a new type of balloting system called Ranked Choice Voting.

The seven member task force was appointed by Mayor Don Ness in 2010, to look at whether or not Ranked Choice Voting is appropriate for Duluth.

Task force members say it would bring more of a "majority rules" concept to voting because candidates are ranked in order of preference.

The task force also found it to be a measure of fostering good government and say it would save money because primaries would be eliminated.

The tone of elections could also change.

"The public gets a right to say not good against evil, not my guy versus the bad guy, but ... here's a good one, here's one that's I think a little less," said Wy Spano, one of the task force members.

Ranked Choice Voting has become more popular around Minnesota and is already used in Minneapolis and will be used in St. Paul this Fall.

The system would only be used for Duluth elections and the change would have to be approved by the city council and voters.

Duluth could use Ranked Choice Voting as soon as 2015.

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