Technology is great but old-fashioned door knocking and pressing the flesh at neighborhood events still wins hearts and minds, said North Side residents Carrie and John David. They're voting for 1. Hodges and 2. Samuels because those two candidates were out in the community talking about issues. For the Davids, decreasing crime in the city is a critical issue. One-year-old son Levi also learned a little bit about democracy today.
No real confusion about rank-choice voting, the Davids said. As for the 35 mayor candidates, "It's democracy at work," John David said.
Anyone doubting the sincerity of Minneapolis election judges to safeguard the democratic process this voting day would have been pleased to see Ward 10 assistant head judge Dan Pederson at work Tuesday morning. A reporter who had stopped by the Whittier Park Recreation Center polling station to see how things were going walked out of the room in order to talk with voters, aware that such conversations shouldn't take place near the voting. Despite leaving the room, going down a hall, taking an elevator down to the street level, walking down another long hall, out a door and then out to the sidewalk, the reporter was still too close, Pederson determined. Better move across the street. Once there, Pederson allowed himself this observation: "It seems like things are going smoothly."
Voters Mary Schirber and Dave Olson report no problems using ranked choice voting at the Ward 10 polling station. Seems fairly consistent so far with everyone's experience.
Vina Kay: Sounds like what you're observing is fairness in action. Ballots have different candidate orders to ensure no one benefits, or is disadvantaged, by always being first or last.
It's still early in the day, but turnout doesn't seem to be higher than it was four years ago, said Ward 7, Precinct 8 head judge Carleton Crawford. Just as he spoke to a reporter, several people filed into the polling station. "Well, maybe..." he said.
In Minneapolis, if you want to report any issues, such as closed polls, you can call 311.
An even 500 have gone through the doors at Pershing Park in Mpls Ward 13 as of 11:20 am. No waiting, but buzzing nonetheless.
Having just used ranked choice voting to select the city's next mayor, voter Duane Kullberg of Ward 7, precinct 8 wondered how other elections would have been affected by RCV. Truman, Dewey, Thurmond was 49.6, 45.1 and 2.4. Clinton's two terms were won with 43 percent and 49 percent of the popular vote.