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Tue Feb 27, 2024, 02:46 AM Feb 2024

MN: Ranked Choice Voting Local Option Approved by Senate Elections Committee

A bill to authorize cities to adopt ranked choice voting (RCV) was heard in the Senate Elections Committee on Feb. 22. SF 3868 (Sen. Kelly Morrison, DFL-Deephaven) would authorize charter cities, statutory cities, and school districts to adopt ranked choice voting for local offices, establish procedures for counting ranked choice votes cast, and establish definitions and standards for ranked choice voting.

The bill as originally drafted would have only authorized ranked choice voting in elections that are not run in conjunction with a state general election. The bill was amended in committee to make the following changes:

Remove the limitation that RCV could not be utilized in conjunction with a state general election.
Add counties to the list of jurisdictions that can adopt ranked choice voting.
Require the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State to adopt rules regarding ranked choice voting ballot formats, recounts.
Require certification for voting systems by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.


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