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Council says voters should decide on ranked-choice

Voters -- not elected officials -- should decide whether or not to overhaul Red Wing's traditional election system in favor of ranked-choice voting, City Council determined Monday.

Council voted unanimously Monday to place a referendum question on the 2012 general election ballot that will ask residents if they would embrace the alternative voting system that asks voters to rank candidates by preference.

The Red Wing Charter Commission, which reviews changes to the city's charter, brought forth the proposal to adopt ranked-choice. Council could have ushered in the alternative system with a unanimous vote, but council members hardly considered it.

"It's just too important of a subject for the seven of us to make that decision," Council member Dean Hove said. "If we're going to do it, it does need to be voted on."

For more on this story see Wednesday's edition of the R-E.