New Voting Proposal Reaches City Council

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What ranked-choice voting aims to do is avoid expensive runoff elections, that often have low turnout. 

So instead of having a runoff like we saw between now-Mayor Paul TenHaken and Jolene Loetscher, candidates would be ranked by voters. 

If no one gets that 50 percent plus one, then the least popular candidate’s votes are tossed aside, and the second choices for those voters are reallocated. 

You then add up the votes again until someone has a majority.

“It’s up to the City Council. They are exploring different ways to handle city elections, I’ve just given them an option they may not have seriously considered,” Joe Kirby, who proposed ranked-choice voting, said. 

Sioux Falls city councilor Janet Brekke asked Kirby to attend the meeting Tuesday.

She says she will “take the issue to the City Council in a working session.” 

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