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Polls open in Minneapolis for crowded mayor's race

November 5, 2013
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis voters are confronting the crowded ballot for mayor as they head to the polls.

The complicated process called "ranked choice voting" asks voters in Tuesday's election to rank first, second and third choices from a field of 35 candidates.

Darryl Merwin, a retired maintenance worker, says he misses voting "for one guy or one gal." He ranked a Republican first, an independent businesswoman second and a Democratic city councilman third.

Tommy Johnson, a University of Minnesota sophomore, is also backing Republican Cam Winton. So he made a long-shot candidate his second choice and wrote in Ronald Reagan for third.

Connie Eide, also retired, says there were plenty of chances to learn about ranked choice. She made Democrats all three of her top choices.



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