Campaign to get Ranked Choice Voting on the ballot by 2020

Momentum is building within city council to adopt Ranked Choice Voting for municipal elections. This fall Ranked Choice Voting Rochester started a campaign YOU TWO can make it happen! it's a signature gathering campaign to get Ranked Choice Voting on the ballot in Rochester for city elections in 2020 . In order to make our best case to the City Council to place Ranked Choice Voting on the ballot, we are asking residents be get involved and help collect more signatures.   

The YOU TWO can make it happen campaign asks residents to sign up TWO new supporters. Here’s how:


Why Ranked Choice Voting in Rochester?

The Rochester Post Bulletin urged the community to consider Ranked Choice Voting as a way to increase voter turnout and diversity in local elections for city council and mayor after seeing the success of RCV in the 2017 Minneapolis and St. Paul elections. The recent recounts in the Ward 1 and 5 primaries make RCV that much more urgent and critical. Had RCV been in place, the costly recounts would not have been necessary.

RCV would eliminate the need for low-turnout, high-cost, unrepresentative primaries for city council and mayor and ensure candidates with the most popular support win in a single decisive election in November when the turnout is highest and most diverse. In most elections for mayor and city council, a very small fraction of voters participates in the primary election – on average, 5 times more voters participate in the general election than in the primary.

In addition to increasing voter participation, Ranked Choice Voting is also shown to:

  • Give voters more choice
  • Foster more diverse candidates
  • Prevent spoilers and wasted votes
  • Promote positive campaigning
  • Reduce the role of money in campaigns

Polled voters say that RCV is overwhelmingly simple to use and they prefer it over the old system.

How does Ranked Choice Voting work?

  • Rank the candidates in order of preference on the ballot—1st, 2nd, 3rd choice. The more you rank, the more power your ballot has.
  • Your 2nd and 3rd choices matter! But they will only be counted if your 1st choice is eliminated.
  • You are done! Know your ballot counts the way you truly want it to. 

Counting the Ballots: If no candidate reaches the majority threshold in the initial round, the candidate with the least support is eliminated and ballots for that candidate are reallocated to remaining candidates based on the second preferences on those ballots. This process is repeated until one candidate reaches the winning threshold. It works like the primary-general election system works, but in a single, cost-effective and more representative election.

Get Involved in Rochester

Reach out to Vangie Castro, our Rochester organizer.

Visit the website at

Upgrading to RCV

The technical upgrades and voter education that are required for RCV already have been made by Minneapolis and Hennepin County, making it easy for Rochester and Olmsted County, which uses the same voting equipment, to implement Ranked Choice Voting and minimize startup costs. The equipment vendor now has RCV tabulation software for fast, accurate and secure results.

St. Louis Park, which recently adopted RCV, is currently in the process of updating its elections administration to implement the system next year, providing additional resources for Rochester to use as needed as well.   

Rochester has always has been a leader in promoting more open and inclusive elections. Eliminating the primary and replacing it with RCV would be a great move for our local democracy!

See FAQ for more detailed information about how RCV would work in Rochester.

RCV for Rochester in the News

Who supports Ranked Choice Voting?

    Elected Officials:

    • Mayor Kim Norton
    • Rep. Tina Liebling
    • City Council member Michael Wojcik

    Organizations & Businesses: 

    • League of Women Voters Minnesota
    • Minnesota DFL, Independence, Libertarian, and Green Parties
    • Star Tribune
    • Sierra Club


    • Allie and Andrew Good
    • Rick Morris
    • Gael Entrickin
    • Darlene Coffman
    • Che Moises Lopez
    • Steve Monk
    • Ray Schmidt
    • Regina Mustafa
    • Mike Walters