As if we haven’t suffered enough with delayed election counts, Minneapolis officials now say it could take up to eight weeks to determine the winners in next month’s city election.
That’s because they’re using the new IRV system — instant runoff voting — and there are no machines set up to count the votes. All the counting will be by hand, said MPR.
And they worry that it might be worse: A test election earlier this year took even longer.
And while the St. Paul city election will be handled in the usual manner, St. Paul voters will be asked on the ballot if they, too, want to switch to IRV.