Tuesday is primary election day in Duluth, and if voters there follow this years pattern in other Minnesota municipal primaries, most wont cast a ballot. Turnout was abysmal on Aug. 11 in St. Louis Park (3.6 percent in a mayoral primary), Bloomington (4.9 percent in City Council District 2) and Maplewood (16 percent in a five-way contest for council member at large).

We hope Duluthians are true to their reputations for civic engagement and troop to the polls in substantially higher numbers than their suburban counterparts did. But we also urge them to consider whether Minnesotas port city ought to follow the lead of Minneapolis and St. Paul and eliminate its primary altogether. Thats what ranked-choice voting (RCV) does and thats what Duluth voters have a chance to adopt in the Nov. 3 general election.