If California’s thorny elections process already had you in a bit of a tizzy, this year’s primary could be a bit of a doozy. Continue reading
The National Front
A multimedia guide to our funky election system and the major issues at play this year.
In early November San Franciscans chose their mayor through an electoral process called ranked-choice voting (RCV). Also known as “instant run-off voting,” voters were tasked with picking three candidates (instead of one), and ranking them in order of preference, thus eliminating the need for a separate runoff election. It’s the first time San Francisco used this system to decide a competitive mayor’s race (RCV was used in San Francisco’s last mayoral election, in 2007, but because Gavin Newsom won in a landslide, the system wasn’t really put to the test).