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Minneapolis City Council ratifies IRV rules

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The City Council voted today to approve rules governing instant runoff voting, the ballot-counting system that city voters overwhelmingly passed in 2006. The Council also asked city elections staff to put out a request for proposals from voting equipment vendors.

It's still anyone's guess whether IRV will be in place by 2009, given the challenges in getting federally-approved machines lined up quickly. The Council didn't address whether they'll have to push IRV back to 2013, a move that would be unpopular with advocates of instant runoffs.

"We're moving forward toward the 2009 implementation date," said Cynthia Reichert, the city's election director, after the rules had passed. However, she added, "Council has the authority to make a determination that we may not be ready."