The race to be the next mayor of New York City could be decided by ranked-choice voting.
The Big Apple is between a rock and a hard deadline. Federal election legislation passed after the fiasco of the 2000 election outlawed that city’s old lever system of voting. Now everyone must cast paper votes, which take much longer to count. Read More
For the first time, preliminary results of ranked-choice voting will be released on Election Night, which should help to calm nerves and lessen suspense.
In the past, the Department of Elections would wait days to run the first tabulation of ranked-choice voting, which left many guessing where people’s second- and third-place votes would go in the close races.
After months of debate over tweaking San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system, the effort to put a measure on the November ballot was killed by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. That means voters will continue to rank their top three candidates for citywide and district board elections.
The ranked-choice system has come under attack by San Francisco’s more conservative base, while the more left-leaning political faction adamantly defends it. Read More
Voters will continue ranking candidates in elections after a proposal to eliminate such a system failed to make the June ballot. Supervisor Mark Farrell had proposed a charter amendment that would eliminate the system. Instead, people would vote in September with a November run-off. But Farrell could not secure the six votes on the Board of Supervisors to place it on the June ballot Tuesday, the deadline to do so. Read More
San Francisco democracy needs to bring back legitimacy to the electoral process by eliminating ranked choice. The runoff system guarantees that those elected would always have the endorsement of the majority of the voters. In a runoff election, voters do not need further clarification, as Supervisor Scott Wiener pointed out. Read More
One of the fascinating aspects of ranked choice voting is that one can learn which candidates have a similar voting base. I certainly wanted to know where the votes went after each candidate was eliminated. Below are charts that follow the flow of votes from round to round to show you how we got to the final tally and declaration of a winner. Read More
“Mayor’s question time is this Tuesday,” I mentioned to my friend as I perused the Board of Supervisors agenda for today’s meeting. “Oh, you mean that thing where Mayor Lee shows up at the board with scripted responses to scripted questions and doesn’t really tell us anything?” my friend said. “That’s the one!” Read More
A lawyer for six San Franciscans who oppose The City’s ranked-choice voting system argued before a federal appeals court Tuesday that the procedure deprives them of their constitutional voting rights. Read More