Minnesota Report

Minnesota State Statue Article 206 is entitled Voting Systems.

Article 206.80 states:


(a) An electronic voting system may not be employed unless it:

(1) permits every voter to vote in secret;

(2) permits every voter to vote for all candidates and questions for whom or upon which the voter is legally entitled to vote;

(3) provides for write-in voting when authorized;

(4) automatically rejects, except as provided in section 206.84 with respect to write-in votes, all votes for an office or question when the number of votes cast on it exceeds the number which the voter is entitled to cast;

(5) permits a voter at a primary election to select secretly the party for which the voter wishes to vote;

(6) automatically rejects all votes cast in a primary election by a voter when the voter votes for candidates of more than one party; and

(7) provides every voter an opportunity to verify votes recorded on the permanent paper ballot, either visually or using assistive voting technology, and to change votes or correct any error before the voter’s ballot is cast and counted, produces an individual, discrete, permanent, paper ballot cast by the voter, and preserves the paper ballot as an official record available for use in any recount.

(b) An electronic voting system purchased on or after June 4, 2005, may not be employed unless it:

(1) accepts and tabulates, in the polling place or at a counting center, a marked optical scan ballot; or

(2) creates a marked optical scan ballot that can be tabulated in the polling place or at a counting center by automatic tabulating equipment certified for use in this state.

We suggest you strongly pay attention to 206.80 (b) 2 because the State of Minnesota, through the Secretary of State has not examined or certified an election system which tabulates Ranked Choice Voting.

Now, it is our understanding, the cities in question Minneapolis, Bloomington, Minnetonka and St Louis Park are all prepared to tabulate their own municipal elections via an Excel Spreadsheet with formulas to sort out the results. An Excel Spreadsheet is not a viable option for doing so, as per state law.

The point is clear, if this counting method and if the election results are reported out to the public and more importantly to the canvasing board, the election results are illegitimate for the municipal races which are not 50%+1 on the first ballot.