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City of Fargo looks into implementing new voting system

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FARGO—The future of Fargo city elections is being looked at including the possibility of implementing a voting system no city has ever used before.

A task force met with Fargo voters to discuss what they think of proposals to address certain issues with city elections.

The force suggested adding two commissioners to the table, and possibly implementing a ward system.

Most radically, it's suggesting an approval voting system in which voters can choose as many candidates as they like.

Opponents argue it could spur strategic votes, but the task force hopes its recommendations can make city elections more effective.

"To simplify the voting procedures, to have an efficient and effective governance model, and to have fair representation for the candidates," said Bruce Furness, Task Force Chair.

The city commission could decide to place these recommendation on a ballot at its meeting next Monday.