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Tag: Ranked-Choice Voting

February 14, 2012 | 7:49 am

SF Supes to Consider Ballot Measure to End Ranked-Choice Voting

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(Bay City News) Two dueling ballot measures to change San Francisco’s election system will go in front of the city’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. San Francisco’s current ranked-choice voting system allows voters to rank up to three candidates for each elected office, and those with the lowest vote totals are eliminated and their second- […]

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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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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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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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Ranked-Choice Voting Explained

October 28, 2011 | 3:53 pm

Ranked-Choice Voting Explained

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In November San Franciscans choose their next mayor through an electoral process called ranked-choice voting (RCV). Also known as “instant run-off voting,” voters will pick three candidates (instead of one), and rank them in order of preference, eliminating the need for a separate runoff election. Although this is not the first time San Francisco has […]

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Ex-Insider Scott Shafer on Why Politicos Hate Ranked-Choice Voting

October 24, 2011 | 9:55 am

Ex-Insider Scott Shafer on Why Politicos Hate Ranked-Choice Voting

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The November 8th mayoral election in San Francisco is ranked choice voting’s biggest moment. Other cities (including Oakland and even San Francisco in previous less-contested elections) have used this “instant runoff system” before. But this is by far the most consequential: A major U.S. city that’s politically progressive and has a diverse population with many […]

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May 20, 2011 | 4:50 pm

Appeals Court: San Francisco’s Ranked-Choice Voting OK

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A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system—referring to the author of beloved children’s classics. In writing the 35-page opinion (PDF), Judge Marsha Berzon alluded to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, “better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll,” author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through […]

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When It Comes to Best Picture, Academy Votes Oakland-Style

February 25, 2011 | 4:09 pm

When It Comes to Best Picture, Academy Votes Oakland-Style

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The California Report’s Scott Shafer recently interviewed blogger Steve Pond, who writes extensively about The Academy Awards for The Wrap. Among other things, Pond talked about the ranked-choice voting system that the expanded best-picture category now employs. Who knew! Some studio should have put Jean Quan on the payroll. Boy, it’s one thing to institute […]

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November 16, 2010 | 7:08 am

The Ranked-Choice Voting Debate

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UPDATE NOV 16 From the Chronicle: Ranked-choice voting sets stage for new tactics UPDATE NOV 12 FairVote, ranked-choice-voting proponents, has issued a statement rebutting Don Perata’s criticism of ranked-choice-voting in his concession speech Thursday. UPDATE NOV 11 3:30 p.m. Joe Eskenazi of The Snitch writes that “Don Perata Deserved to Lose,” focusing on the erstwhile […]

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Quan Next Oakland Mayor

November 10, 2010 | 6:24 pm

Quan Next Oakland Mayor

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City Councilwoman Jean Quan won the race for Oakland mayor Wednesday night, defeating former state Senate President Don Perata. The East Bay Express: Oakland City Councilwoman Jean Quan has won the Oakland mayor’s race, defeating ex-state Senator Don Perata, 50.98% to 49.02%. Update 6:08 p.m.: The results aren’t up yet on the registrar’s office website. […]

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