Sink or Swim: Ranked Choice Voting in the Minneapolis Mayoral Election

October 16, 2013 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sink or Swim: Ranked Choice Voting in the Minneapolis Mayoral Election

Rank choice voting is an inventive reform of elections that is being put to a high profile test the 2013 Minneapolis Mayoral race. Will it work as designed? When will we know the winner? Will most voters rank their second and third preferred candidates? Join elections expert Doug Chapin and Minneapolis Assistant City Clerk Grace Wachlarowicz as they discuss the upcoming election. Professor Larry Jacobs will moderate.


Doug Chapin is the director of the Humphrey School’s Election Academy working to deliver high-quality research and learning opportunities to the election administrators of today – and tomorrow. Chapin comes to the Humphrey School after 10 years at The Pew Charitable Trusts, where he served as director of Election Initiatives for the Pew Center on the States. Prior to serving at Pew, Chapin was an attorney in private practice specializing in election and ethics law. He served as elections counsel to the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Rules Committee from 1997 to 2000. He holds a law degree from Georgetown University, a master of public administration degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and BA in politics from Princeton University.


Grace Wachlarowicz is the Assistant City Clerk and Director of Elections and Voter Services for the City of Minneapolis. In this position she directs all city, school district, state and federal elections in Minneapolis. Wachlarowicz also work to develop and implement strategies to inform citizens of the election process to encourage voter registration and participation in elections. Previously Wachlarowicz was the Supervisor of Licensing and Elections for the City of White Bear Lake, MN. She graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration.

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