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Live St. Paul election results Tuesday on cable and online

Live results for Tuesday’s City Council and chool board elections in St. Paul will be available after the polls close on the city’s cable station and its website. But winners won’t be known in some of the races on Tuesday night, because of Ranked Voting.

Voters can rank their choices in the seven City Council races this year for the first time, so in several races with more than two candidates, it’s unlikely that one candidate will get a majority of the votes cast in the first round; those will go to the next round of counting on Monday, Nov. 14.

The returns will be broadcast on the city’s cable Channel 18 and the website starting at 8 p.m. In addition to live updates on the results, there will be interviews with some of the winners, they say.

I’m expecting final results will be available by the 10 o’clock news in four council seats: Wards 4, 5, 6 and 7. In Wards 1,2 and 3, though, the competition iseems certain to require the runoff next Monday.

The school board election, with 10 candidates vying for four seats, is NOT ranked choice, so we’ll know those results Tuesday night, too.

There’s a sample ballot online here.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Ellen Brown on 11/08/2011 - 03:42 pm.

    Just a reminder that when the counties replace their voting equipment with the next generation machines, ranked votes will be able to be tallied automatically and results known on election night for all races. The delay in Mpls last year and potentially in Saint Paul this year simply reflects outdated voting machines. And both counties had plans to replace their machines before ranked choice voting was chosen by voters for local implementation.

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