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Critics Aim to End Ranked-Choice Voting After SF Mayoral Race

November 15, 2011 | 3:58 pm

Critics Aim to End Ranked-Choice Voting After SF Mayoral Race

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From California Watch Ranked-choice voting was the cure for what ails American politics, boosters said. Now in use in four California cities, this new voting system was supposed to increase voter turnout, stanch the flow of special interest money and encourage high-minded, positive campaigns. But it didn’t play out that way in the biggest ranked-choice […]

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Ed Lee Takes Commanding Lead in Mayoral Race

November 9, 2011 | 5:34 pm

Ed Lee Takes Commanding Lead in Mayoral Race

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(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Interim Mayor Ed Lee is poised to become San Francisco’s first elected Asian-American mayor. With some 85 percent of the vote counted in the mayoral race, Lee soared ahead with 61 percent of the tally. The city’s elections department says City Supervisor John Avalos is trailing far behind, with about 39 […]

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November 9, 2011 | 9:31 am

Lee, Gascon, Prop. C Have Commanding Leads

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Mayor Ed Lee held a commanding lead in the mayor’s race against a diverse slate of 15 candidates, but because he didn’t garner a majority in Tuesday’s election the city’s instant runoff system has kicked in. Lee, a former city administrator who replaced then-Mayor Gavin Newsom when he became lieutenant governor in January, was ahead […]

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November 9, 2011 | 7:46 am

Election Roundup: Full Bay Area Results

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San Francisco Ed Lee takes large early lead in mayor’s race (SF Chronicle) …With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Tuesday night, (Ed) Lee was the top vote-getter in the first round with more than 31 percent. At an election night party with supporters, Lee stopped just short of declaring victory after he emerged from […]

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SF Supes Propose Repeal of Ranked-Choice Voting

November 8, 2011 | 11:24 pm

SF Supes Propose Repeal of Ranked-Choice Voting

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Tuesday’s election in San Francisco was the first competitive mayoral race where ranked-choice voting may determine the winner. And, it could be the last. Voters like Helen Hobbs in the Richmond district say voting by ranked-choice is easy enough…but it doesn’t seem fair. “If no one gets 50 percent, then the next two highest should […]

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Election 2011: Election Night Live Blog

November 8, 2011 | 5:44 pm

Election 2011: Election Night Live Blog

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Update Thursday 8:25 a.m. Click here for full election results in San Francisco, the East Bay, the Peninsula and South Bay, and the North Bay. Yesterday’s posts KQED News is covering today’s election throughout the evening, on radio and here on News Fix. We’ll be posting results to key races across the Bay Area, passing […]

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Find Your Polling Place by Bay Area County

November 8, 2011 | 3:36 pm

Find Your Polling Place by Bay Area County

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Yo, off-year election and all taken into account — before you settle in for “Dancing With the Stars” tonight… get out there and vote: Santa Clara County San Francisco City and County Alameda County San Mateo County Marin County Contra Costa County Sonoma County Solano County

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Bay Area Election Night 2011 Preview

November 8, 2011 | 2:24 pm

Bay Area Election Night 2011 Preview

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Today’s off-year election may be characterized on a national level by the search for signs and portents of things to come in next year’s Big Show — the 2012 presidential contest. But in the Bay Area, several interesting questions will be decided, not the least of which is who will be the next mayor of […]

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Ranked-Choice Voting Explained (One More Time)

November 8, 2011 | 11:45 am

Ranked-Choice Voting Explained (One More Time)

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San Francisco voters will elect a mayor using ranked-choice voting for the first time today. As KQED’s Matthew Green writes below, while the system has its avid supporters, “a variety of opponents have cried foul, calling the system too complex and undemocratic.” Officials have gone the extra mile in trying to simplify their explanations of […]

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