This is the crazy ballot that will confront MPLS voters on Election Day [IMAGE]

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We knew the mayor's race in Minneapolis was getting out of control, but this is ridiculous.


Minneapolis voters are receiving their sample ballots in the mail this week, and some have been surprised to see all 35 candidates laid out in three rows for Ranked Choice Voting.

Yup, they're all there -- the pirate, the dude who came out of the lake, that guy who keeps running commercials during football games about how much he hates the new stadium.

You also get such popular political movements as the Lauraist Communist party (which celebrates Laura Ingalls Wilder as patron saint), and the "Jobs Downtown Casino" party (that's the dude from the football commercials).

You can even vote for a guy who calls himself "The Rock," which we hear is how Abe Lincoln appeared on the ballot in his heyday.

Ain't democracy grand?

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Michelle Weinberg



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41 comments
Lampfan MacMurphy
Lampfan MacMurphy

would minneapolis rather have the decision made for them by a bunch of out of touch wealthy radical weirdos?

Joe Aschebrock
Joe Aschebrock

Way to use your freedom Minneapolis. Make sure you vote for someone who thinks running a city is joke. Lets all make Mpls just like Detroit because its "funny"

George Overturf
George Overturf

Would like to see a lot more of this, Why not vote for yourself?

Andrew Hine
Andrew Hine

Most of those choices are already rank.

Shawn Clark
Shawn Clark

I am not voting for the first time in over 30 yrs.

Sam Danger
Sam Danger

Beats a two party system any day! Ranked choice definitely leads to a healthier democracy.

CRZ.
CRZ.

Oh man that is CRAZY.

(Vote for the longest name on the ballot!)

Alirox
Alirox

I voted for ranked choice voting. I also voted in the run-up which used rcv - it was very easy.

Hoffman is pissed cos his DFL-establishment candidates now have competition.

Kris Raff
Kris Raff

"Captain Jack Sparrow" (AKA: "Chuck" of OccupyMN) is a creep. During the Occupy movement, "Captain Jack Sparrow" exploited homeless and chemically dependent young people by creating pornography videos of such individuals (and refusing to pay them, feed them, etc.) "Captain Jack Sparrow" also has a history of being an actual pimp. He ran a prostitution brothel about a decade ago in downtown Minneapolis. (My former art studio was in the same building.) Please THINK people before you vote.

Misty Garrick Miller
Misty Garrick Miller

If only the City Pages graphic design team could direct their talents at the ballot...

Aaron Michael Scherbel
Aaron Michael Scherbel

You should see the elections in Brazil, they are infamous for this sort of thing.

Matt Edgar
Matt Edgar

Don't forget "ole savior", the only republican candidate

Dave Timmons
Dave Timmons

NO WAY I'm voting for Dan Samuels - he wants to get the sex offenders and criminals out of his neighborhood and spread them around Minneapolis (he calls them "the undesirables") - No thanks Don, you're not dumping your trash in my neighborhood!!!

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

Look at how many people screwed up the old way...now it's even more confusing

Ben Krouse-Gagne
Ben Krouse-Gagne

That is what happens when filing for Mayor only costs $20...

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Hey remember a few years ago when everyone demanded ranked choice voting? I suppose now that we have it the only thing left to do is complain about it...

Paul Whyte
Paul Whyte

Talkeetna, Alaska has a cat for a mayor.

Tracy Bakken
Tracy Bakken

considering the candidates.... captain jack sparrow isn't such a bad choice.....

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

I'm really ok with this ballot and with the ranked-choice voting.  I'm quite happy to do some research on the candidates to enable my choices, although naturally I could wish there was more information available when it comes to the candidates for the Parks Board and the Tax Board.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

Uh, I don't get it.  We all knew there were 35 candidates.  We all know why.  We all know we have ranked-choice voting in Minneapolis.  Yes, that would require 3 columns with all 35 candidates in rows, making a grand total of 105 little circles, 3 of which we can fill in (but only 1 of which we have to fill in.

If the rows of names in the columns were not the same in all 3 columns, or all 3 columns were not on the same page, that might warrant the "WTF." But we all knew the filing fee was $20.  We've known there were 35 candidates since August 15; the date to withdraw one's registration.

What's the point here?

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@CRZ. And named for a character from Winnie The Pooh, no less.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Kris Raff Any sources you could recommend to the curious to support your contention?  I'm not questioning you; just curious, and I realize not everything is fully documented.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@Matt Edgar No, Cam Winton is a Republican.  I'm not sure if he admits it openly, but he is.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@colin723 ya i like Kurt too, his party is wack tho and will never get traction

he is an idealist

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@swmnguy Dumb fear mongering by a crappy weekly newspaper.  No black people got arrested today so lazy City Pages decided on this non story.   

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

@swmnguy The point is, some of these candidates are ridiculous. The Lauraist Communist Party candidate looks like he ate the entire Vikings offensive line. "The People's Choice" party? Are we voting for a Mayor or the next Mountain Dew flavor?

CRZ.
CRZ.

@swmnguy My parents SWEAR that's not true ("Both you and your brother have birds for middle names!" - his is Martin), but I have my doubts.

keny1
keny1

@MicheleBachmann

Not yet anyway. However, a black was arrested yesterday for breaking into a white man's home and shooting him to death. Also, on Saturday night, 3 blacks raped a white girl near the U of M campus and police are now looking for them. It's all over the other media outlets.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@ajlalk3  I suppose I see your point.  In general, I think our political problems come from too few participants and too few parties and permissible ideas; not too many.  And some of the sanctioned "mainstream" party ideas are flat-out absurd, but we all at least pretend to take them seriously.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@ajlalk3 @swmnguy ive met kur hanna the pirate party guy. hes pretty smart and is his platform of "liquid democracy" 

the name of his anarchist like party will have him losing however, what a shame  - "pirate party"

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