The first Tuesday after the first Monday this November is local election day. The ballot was sparse this week, just city council and school board seats were up for grabs. This is the first St Paul election which uses the new ranked voting system to determine the winner. I guess that means that one can vote for more than one candidate, but only in a ranked manner, wherein your second (and third) choice only gets counted when there is no candidate with a majority of the first choice votes. There is a better explanation of the process here. There was no way I'd pass up an opportunity to participate in this new and novel voting system. Unky Herb and I went to the polls at Linwood at about ten this morning and found it very sparsely populated and then almost exclusively by election judges. There was one other voter in the room. We voted and Herb expressed his "joie de vivre" for the camera on the way out.