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Ranked-choice voting gets No, No, No support from Rochester commission

The Rochester charter commission voted unanimously to just say no to RCV.

Ranked-choice voting, which was featured prominently in last week’s city elections in Minneapolis and St. Paul, won’t be implemented in Rochester any time soon.

The city’s charter commission voted unanimously to table the issue, says the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Minneapolis and St. Paul voters used the method last Tuesday to elected mayors and council members. Results were much delayed as Minneapolis election officials had to consider first-, second- and third-choice votes to determine winners in several races.

State Sen. Dave Senjem, a Republican who’s on the charter commission, was very opposed to the idea of ranked-choice voting, and let his colleagues know.

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He told the paper that he sees RCV as a largely partisan issue, that most DFLers like it, but most Republicans don’t.

“We have long worked in Rochester to keep partisanship out of local government from the standpoint of political parties,” Senjem said. “I can’t think of almost any other issue that might come before the people of Rochester that would be more related to partisan divide than ranked-choice voting.”

Charter Commission Chairwoman Marcia Marcoux, though, said the issue wasn’t partisan, but rather a lack of enough good information on how it works.

“We’re just not at the point where we feel that we’re ready to look at it as far as information available,” she said.