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.
Note that there are still several thousand votes left to count, so the numbers upon which the charts are based will vary slightly in the final certified results. These charts are based on information released from the Department of Elections yesterday, November 11 at approximately 4 pm.
Let us begin with a chart showing the initial election results:
In each round the candidate or candidates with the lowest number of votes was eliminated and their votes redistributed based on who each voter listed as their second or third choice. Note that an “exhausted ballot” just means that there are no choices left on the ballot. This can happen if a person only listed one choice or if a person listed three choices but all three have been eliminated. The following series of charts shows where the votes went after each round. I did not include ballots eliminated due to error on the part of the voter.
In the final count, here is where our ballots ended up: