Full Election Results Delayed, Awaiting Ranked Choice Voting Tabulations

Ranked_Choice_Voting.jpgMany of the city council races in Bloomington and Minnetonka were decided by the end of Election Day. The first use of Ranked Choice Voting in those cities will delay the outcome in at least two races. The outcomes will not be known until Thursday, at the earliest, but most likely later.

In Bloomington, Nathan Coulter received 47% of the first-choice votes, short of a majority of the 15,196 votes cast in the At-Large City Council race. Thursday morning, the 3,394 ballots cast for Ric Oliva will be examined to identify how many second-choice votes were cast and for whom they were cast. Those second-choice votes will be added to the tallies for Nathan Coulter and Paul King. The candidate that has the highest resulting total will take the At-Large seat.

In Minnetonka, the Seat B on the City Council may or may not be decided after one elimination round. Kimberley Wilburn was the highest 41% of the first-choice votes, but would need at least 941 second-choice votes to take the seat. Daniel Krall’s 1130 ballots will be examined to identify to whom any second-choice votes were cast. It is conceivable that it might require Ash Patel’s ballots to be similarly reviewed before the Seat B race is concluded. The schedule for this process is not clear.

Back in Bloomington, the District IV City Council race was extremely close. The incumbent, Patrick Martin, tallied 50.02% of the first-choice ballots. If he had received one vote less than the 1,228 credited to him, this race would have gone to an elimination round. The interest in this race clearly led to a 37% greater voter turn-out over the 2017 contest for that district.

Many voters expressed frustration with the complexity of Ranked Choice Voting. Given the number of races in which there was a first-choice winner, the true impact of RCV is still to be determined. Not all elections in which RCV was used led to a decisive increase in turn-out. The number of voters participating in Bloomington’s 2021 At-Large race was only 88% of those of 2019, when a Mayoral contest was also on the ballot.

Voting Results as Reported on the Secretary of State Election Results Tab

Bloomington At Large City Council

   

1st Choice

Paul King

4653

31%

 

Ric Oliva

3394

22%

 

Nathan Coulter

7127

47%

 

Write IN

22

0%

 

Total

15196

 

Bloomington District III

1st Choice

David Clark

1610

36%

 

Laura Hunt

284

6%

 

Kevin Heinen

271

6%

 

Lona Dallessandro

2326

52%

 

WRITE-IN

7

0%

 

Total

4498

 

 

Bloomington District IV

 

1st Choice

Victor Rivas

846

34.46%

 

Angella M. Coil

168

6.84%

 

Patrick Martin

1228

50.02%

 

Becky Strohmeier

209

8.51%

 

WRITE-IN

4

0.16%

 

Total

2455

 

 

 

 

Bloomington School Board (Elect 4)

Tom Bennett

7876

14.7%

Dawn Steigaug

6936

13.0%

Matthew Dymoke

6730

12.6%

Beth Beebe

6702

12.6%

Dani Cawley

5887

11.0%

Natalie Marose

5700

10.7%

Jeff Salovich

5401

10.1%

Marquisha Fulford

4046

7.6%

Patricia Riley

2137

4.0%

Kat Eggers

1798

3.4%

 

 

 

Edina School Board (Elect 4)

 

Dan Arom

5917

19%

 

Karen Gabler

5776

19%

 

Erica Allenburg

5745

19%

 

Michael Birdman

5380

17%

 

Owen Michaelson

3906

13%

 

Nicole Schnell

3741

12%

 

Minnetonka Mayor

1st Choice

Brad Wiersum

6897

63%

 

John Kuhl

4100

37%

 

Minnetonka Seat A

1st Choice

Deb Calvert

5881

55%

 

Wyn Ray

2138

20%

 

Iola Kostrzewski

1084

10%

 

Karen Ahlbrecht

1014

9%

 

Marshall Glynn

654

6%

 

Minnetonka Seat B

1St Choice

Kimberly Wilburn

4137

41%

 

Stacy Cranbrook

2200

22%

 

Jim Hadley

1332

13%

 

Ash Patel

1328

13%

 

Daniel Kral

1130

11%

 

 

Minnetonka School Board (Elect 3)

 

Meghan Selinger

4872

17%

 

Patrick Lee-O'Halloran

4789

17%

 

Christian Vitale

4567

16%

 

Jessica Reader

4522

16%

 

Michael Salyards

3823

13%

 

Dan Olson

3232

11%

 

Michael Remucal

2429

9%

 

Beth Robertson-Martin

194

1%

  Commentary posted by  Republican Congressional District 2

Minnetonka School District

Conservative Chris Vitale won re-election, but conservative challenger Jessica Reader was just 45 votes from getting in. Minnetonka is a liberal district, and while we hoped for a full sweep in Minnetonka, this result indicates that it will be a swing district in the future.  For comparison’s sake, President Trump lost that area by over 15%

Bloomington School District
This was a very tough election. Conservative Beth Beebe got re-elected, so we kept the conservative on the board, but the conservatives missed picking up more seats by about 2 percent. Like Minnetonka and Edina, it's a challenging area that we could not flip entirely, but the fact that they were so close bodes well for statewide conservatives.

Wayzata School District
This was a disappointing election. The Conservative slate lost by about 3 percent. They were good candidates, and I hope they stay active. Wayzata has not had conservative representation in the school board for a long time.

Eden Prairie School District
In an area fully controlled by the Democrats, the conservative candidate Steve Bartz won by 138 votes. Eden Prairie school district now has a conservative majority.

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