4 maps showing how Minneapolis and St. Paul voted on key ballot questions
A voter walks into Brackett Recreation Center in Minneapolis on Nov. 2, 2021. Photo by Max Nesterak/Minnesota Reformer.
In some parts of Minneapolis with lots of progressive voters, the signs were ubiquitous: “NoYesYes.”
That referred to the ballot questions faced by city voters Tuesday, who were asked whether they wanted to strengthen the mayor’s office; dismantle the police department and create an office of public safety; and allow the City Council to write a rent control ordinance.
In the end, Minneapolis voters wound up at YesNoYes. They strengthened the mayor’s office, left the police department intact and — in a city with a slight majority who rent rather than own — gave the council the green light to craft a rent control policy.
Rent control found broad support in St. Paul, too, with about 53% of voters approving the ballot initiative, according to preliminary election results. The initiative in St. Paul takes effect May 1 and caps rent increases at 3% annually on all units throughout the city.
Whiter, wealthier areas with more homeowners generally opposed the rent control proposals in each city while middle-class areas largely voted in favor of the proposals. However, the winning geographic coalitions on each question were fluid and not always predictable.
Question 1 – Stronger Mayor
Question 2 – Replacing the Minneapolis Police Department
Question 3 – Authorizing the Minneapolis City Council to enact a rent control ordinance
Question 1 – St. Paul rent control
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