As Hollywood stars parade down the red carpet Sunday night, a complex election system will also be on display.
Ranked-choice voting -- a system that allows people to mark multiple preferences rather than just one -- is the way the Academy Awards voters select the film that will receive an Oscar. It's also an election system catching on in some California cities, including San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley.
Supporters say it minimizes negative campaigning, ensures that winners are consensus candidates, and avoids expensive runoff elections -- where turnout is usually low.
Critics say it's so complex that it leaves voters confused. And pollsters and many political consultants dislike it because it upends familiar campaign dynamics. The California Report's Scott Shafer examines the controversy on Friday morning's show.
So how does the system actually work? The San Francisco Department of Elections explains it in this interactive demo. And the Alameda County Registrar of Voters gives you the low-down through videos and other web resources. Check it out.