|S.F. No. 1820 - Ranked-Choice Voting|
|Author:||Senator Ann Rest|
|Prepared by:||Thomas S. Bottern, Senate Counsel (651/296-3810)|
|Date:||January 20, 2010|
Section 1 [Applicability.] establishes the scope of the ranked-choice voting provisions in law. All elections held using ranked-choice voting must follow the procedures and method established here, with a separate procedure for the multiple-seat counting method. This section also clarifies that all other provisions of Minnesota law continue to apply to ranked-choice voting elections.
Section 2 [Definitions.] establishes definitions for terms used in the bill.
Section 3 [Implementation.] establishes the procedures a home rule charter city or county must use to adopt or terminate the use of ranked-choice voting. This bill limits the use of ranked-choice voting to charter jurisdictions only.
Section 4 [Ballots.] establishes the required ballot format for ranked-choice voting elections. Ranked-choice voting ballots must allow a person to rank at least three candidates, as well as to write-in candidates. This section also specifies instructions that must appear on the ballot.
Section 5 [Ranked-Choice Voting Tabulation Center.] requires the chief election official in the jurisdiction to designate a ranked-choice voting tabulation center for purposes of vote tabulation.
Section 6 [Single-Seat Elections.] prescribes the method for counting votes in a single-seat election.
Section 7 [Multiple-Seat Elections.] prescribes the method for counting votes in a multiple-seat election. An allowance is also included for a jurisdiction to use a different method of counting votes upon approval of the secretary of state.
Section 8 [Write-In Procedures.] requires that write-in candidates that are not defeated through batch elimination be counted and entered by the election administrator.
Section 9 [Reporting Results.] establishes the requirements for reporting ranked-choice voting results, including the contents of the precinct summary statements and the election abstract.
Section 10 [Recounts.] allows a candidate defeated in the final round of counting to request a recount according to current law. A candidate defeated in an earlier round may request a recount at the candidate's own expense.
Section 11 [Rules.] authorizes the Secretary of State to adopt rules necessary to implement ranked-choice voting.
Section 12 [Notice of Filing Dates.] requires that a notice of the filing period for candidates include an indication of the method of election to be used.
Section 13 [Electronic Voting System Purchasing.] requires that new equipment is that is purchased to replace a voting system meet a variety of requirements, including the ability to provide certain ranked-choice voting functions.
Section 14 [Testing of Voting Systems.] amends the existing law governing the testing of equipment to provide for testing of the equipment's ranked-choice voting capability before a ranked-choice voting election.
Sections 15 and 16 [Postelection Audits.] provide requirements for postelection review of ranked-choice voting systems. If a jurisdiction uses ranked-choice voting, the postelection review must include at least one single-seat ranked-choice voting election and at least one multiple-seat ranked-choice voting election.
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