Polls are now open in Minnesota. The race for a new mayor in Minneapolis and the use of ranked choice voting will be among the most-watched story lines.
Joy Nelson voted Tuesday afternoon at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the second ward. She's a fan of ranked-choice voting.
"I think it's exciting we have so many qualified candidates," she said. Some of the other candidates were more "comic relief" or "single-issue" candidates, Nelson said.
The city may need to rethink the $20 fee to run next election, she said.
"Maybe they need to raise the bar to be more respectful and serious about this," Nelson said, suggesting a higher fee.
At King Park, voter Virginia de la Riva said she'd prefer using ranked-choice voting in every election: "It gives other candidates more opportunities. It's nice to see it's not the lesser of two evils. You can vote for whoever you want to stand behind."
At St. Paul's Episcopal Church near Lake of the Isles, nearly 500 voters had cast ballots by 3 pm of the about 1,500 registered voters in the Seventh Ward precinct, head judge Jane Martin said. It was a good turnout, she said, with a steady stream of voters Tuesday. A few voters have had to redo ballots after filling in their ranked-choice votes wrong, but Martin said most people did their homework with the city's sample ballots.
"Some haven't taken it well, but most have been ok with it," she said. "It's just different for everyone."
Voter Jenny Kriha agreed with many voters leaving the church that RCV went smoothly, but she said having 35 candidates for mayor is "out of control."
"I like having a little bit of diversity ... But you've got to have some controls."
At the Minnesota Church Center off Franklin Avenue, there are no lines for voters right now.
Election judge Marcia Westbrook said 271 voters of the 1,600 registered voters in the Sixth Ward precinct have cast ballots so far, which she said is low.
She said they hope for 40 percent turnout by the time the polls close at 8 pm. However, she said there have been very few issues with ranked-choice voting.