Duluth council rejects rank choice voting proposal

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Duluth council rejects rank choice voting proposal

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 10:42 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- In a 5 to 4 split, Duluth city councilors rejected rank choice voting Monday night.

Rank Choice is a method of voting that ranks candidates in order of preference.

The proposal would have changed the process of voting for city officials from a primary and general election process to a single transferrable voting process.

The city received an outpouring of emails from people in the community, some in support of the proposed resolution change and many against.

Some say rank choice voting is a bad idea and takes the right to vote away from people who have worked to earn it.

Others say the voting process has served other cities, like Minneapolis and St. Paul well, and that people in Duluth could also benefit from this type of voting.