"It just seemed so silly with so many candidates," said Cheryl Kozicky, minutes after casting her vote at Holland Hi-Rise in Ward 1. "I got nervous when I saw the pirate party."
She said she thinks a majority of voters are taking the election seriously but believes a higher bar for candidacy needs to be set next election. She suggested a petition with a certain number of signatures to "show you're serious" or even a $500 filing fee vs. $20. That could be enough to dissuade novelty candidates, Kozicky said.
Lots of choices on the ballot but election judges say little confusion about rank-choice voting. I've visited six precincts in four wards and haven't seen any head scratching so far.