Minneapolis short $385,000 for 2013 elections

  • Article by: Steve Brandt , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 28, 2013 - 2:17 PM

A new ranked-voting method used by Minneapolis costs five times more per voter than traditional voting. The city is $385,000 shy.

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dflleftFeb. 27, 13 8:40 PM

BEEN AT LEAST 30-40 years since there were elections in Minneapolis or St Paul; my understanding is that Mayor and all council members are chosen by DFL convention. Not sure what this article is talking about.

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sharkysharkFeb. 27, 13 9:21 PM

No need to vote. The winner is the one that shovels the most money at AFSCME.

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avejoeconFeb. 27, 13 9:45 PM

Lets here it folks. Where are the complaints about unnecessary costs for elections from the left? Chirp....chirp.....chirp....

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smeeagain2Feb. 27, 1310:35 PM

The process of democracy has a price. The people chose to institute ranked choice voting and now we know what it costs to implement. A good question for the reporter to follow-up on is how much it would cost to upgrade the ballot counting machines and get them certified to handle ranked-choice.

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karendavid816Feb. 28, 13 5:54 AM

It should be a little troubling that four vacancies in the Clerk's Office last year saved $385,000. Four jobs not really needed averaging over $90k in salary and benefits? Time to look around at other departments.

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jtriceFeb. 28, 13 7:11 AM

The cost of running good government versus … stadiums? At least every one in the picture above this article looks well fed.

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tomstromieFeb. 28, 13 8:07 AM

Go figure. Minneapolis found a way to take something simple and make it complicated and expensive.

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ggoginsFeb. 28, 1310:54 AM

WHY does it cost 5 times as much for ranked choice vs. "regular" voting? The reporter didn't address this question.

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