Ranked-choice voting not truly democratic

In your Monday story about the attempts of my progressive colleagues on the Board of Supervisors to preserve ranked-choice voting, you state that the “elimination of candidates and redistribution of votes continues until one candidate picks up a majority of the votes.” If only that were true!

In last month’s mayoral race, 197,242 San Franciscan voters came to vote.  Mayor-elect Lee received first-choice support from only 84,457 San Franciscan voters, hardly a majority of the votes cast. Fundamentally, this is the fatal flaw of ranked-choice voting and why it needs to change. A majority vote should matter.

Our city leaders, me included, have been and will continue to be elected by less than a majority of the voters casting their ballots as long as ranked-choice voting survives. This is undemocratic and needs to change.

Supervisor Sean R. Elsbernd
San Francisco

Occupy SF lacks direction

The recent unannounced raid on the Occupy SF encampment might be good for The City after all. I have not been able to come to terms with how vague this movement is about articulating its mission. Sometimes I feel this is a mere prank by some homeless individuals to set up a shelter.

The movement lacks leadership and direction, so I think its presence in San Francisco should come to an end. Of course, everyone has the right to lawful assembly, but this should be done with meaningful and concise programs instead of all that hullabaloo about Wall Street or bank bailouts.

The same movement that urged people to withdraw all their money from banks ate their words when an arm of the movement put their money in a Wells Fargo branch. This is hypocritical and, alas, lost the group many fans.

The Occupy movement needs to regroup and come out well-organized, with clear objectives. Until then, no one can truly take it seriously.

John Tanwani
Antioch

Taking the middle road

Regarding The San Francisco Examiner’s new editorial tone, after about two weeks under new leadership it seems that the Monarch of the Dailies is taking a tone somewhere between the ultra-left “progressives” and the stridently reactionary anti-Obamaism of the prior version. Works for me!

Ron Reiss
San Francisco

Thanks to Sen. McGovern  

I was pleased to read about Sen. George McGovern being released from the hospital after his recent serious fall in South Dakota. I express my deepest thanks and gratitude for all of his historic statesmanship as a U.S. senator, as well as his work on behalf of impoverished people here in the U.S. and around the world in regards to food and hunger issues.

I thank McGovern deeply for working so hard to help end the tragic Vietnam War. During the war, my parents and our family yearned for peace to arrive in Vietnam. Because of the tragic circumstances of this war, my parents were not able to see their family members for decades.

I feel grateful and proud to have had the privilege of working as a volunteer in McGovern’s presidential campaign.

Anh Le
San Francisco

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