Bullet Ballots for Mark Andrew by City Ward #mplsmayor

David Brauer was wondering whether the 6th Ward was an outlier for bullet ballot voting for Mark Andrew. Bullet ballot voting being voting for a 1st choice while leaving the 2rd and 3rd choices blank. Here’s his question:

And here’s the answer based on some quick filtering of the election results.

Bullet Ballots Cast for Mark Andrew by Ward

Ward	Mark Andrew Bullet Ballot Votes
W-1	190
W-2	100
W-3	241
W-4	129
W-5	109
W-6	1,833
W-7	178
W-8	115
W-9	130
W-10	152
W-11	201
W-12	261
W-13	225

If your preferred candidate is going to end up in the top-2 it doesn’t really matter if you’re made additional choices since they won’t come into play. But, it’s still an interesting choice to not pick additional candidates to include just in case your candidate doesn’t perform as well as you might hope. Chances are pretty good that the 1,833 voters in Ward 6 (and the 3,864 city-wide) who voted with a bullet ballot for Mark Andrew would have liked a chance to decide between the other 34 candidates. I doubt they really considered the other 34 to be equally capable as potential mayors.

I’m sure there may be other reasons why they did this. Perhaps they received bad information from campaigns on how votes would be counted? Didn’t understand the ballot instructions? I’m not sure what the deal is here. But, one this is clear: Ward 6 is the outlier with 47% of all Mark Andrew bullet ballots cast.

Here’s the breakdown of Ward-6’s bullet ballot voted for Mark Andrew by Precinct:

Ward-6 Bullet Ballot Votes for Mark Andrew by Precinct

Precinct	Mark Andrew Bullet Ballot Votes
W-6 P-1	44
W-6 P-2	222
W-6 P-3	887
W-6 P-4	142
W-6 P-5	220
W-6 P-6	84
W-6 P-7	105
W-6 P-8	68
W-6 P-9	61

Here’s a precinct map for Ward 6:

Minneapolis Ward 6 Precinct Map

7 thoughts on “Bullet Ballots for Mark Andrew by City Ward #mplsmayor”

  1. Looks to me like W 6-3 needs an audit. They’re an outlier–the rest of the precincts in W6 fall in line with the rest of the city. Perhaps the election judges (I’m one in 12-3) didn’t explain the process as outlined in our training and the duty cards or perhaps there was a problem with the ballot counter or perhaps the random listing of candidates in each ward favored Mark Andrew unduly.

  2. Well, believe it or not Mark had a outstanding organizer’s in Ward 6. Something Mayor-elected Hodges can’t ignore at all in precincts 6-3. Ms. Burns, is just mad b/c colored focus came out in city election in large #. We are here to stay, and together we shall building this great city.

  3. @John, if you’re going to accuse someone of being racist, you really should back that up with an example. That seems WAY out of line as a description of Ms. Burns based on what I see of her online.

    I don’t think anyone’s doubting that 6-3 was well organized. It’s more a case of questioning why they were coached to file bullet ballots in a ranked choice election. Imagine if Mark Andrew had ended up 3rd or lower after the first ballot in this election. Had that happened, the 1,833 bullet ballot voters in Ward-6 would have proactively disenfranchised themselves based on the advice they received from “outstanding organizers”.

    The city’s strongest when everyone has a voice. I’d hate to see such a large block of voters lose their voice due to bad advice on how ballots are counted.

  4. Ok, here is my guess. 6-3 is the heart of Abdi Warsame’s voting bloc. Brian Rice, a long time political operative who has enriched himself by his work for public pensions and lobbying (strictly legally) supported Mark Andrew and Warsame. Rice is not a lover of Robert Lilligren–this is old news. My speculation is that supporting Warsame, there was a suggestion that Somali voters vote for Mark but gave no other information on the admittedly complex Mayoral ballot.

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