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  1. #1 Hey Retread, if you think our CA primaries are crazy, try the SF mayoral race! 
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    I just read this and thought you might find this interesting.

    San Franciscoís Next Mayor Might Not Be the Person With the Most Votes
    http://reason.com/blog/2018/06/07/sa...might-not-be-t

    London Breed, president of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors and former acting mayor, indisputably won the popular vote for the city's mayoral race. The latest tally has her ahead of rival Mark Leno with a difference of 35 percent to 26 percent in a crowded field of eight choices.

    But due to the city's electoral system it's looking increasingly like Leno is actually going to be named the winner of the election. This is not an accident or a mistake. This is how the voting system works.

    San Francisco uses what's known as a "ranked choice" voting system, implemented in 2004, as a way of (hopefully) better representing the interests of the greatest number of voters and to make sure that a candidate wins with a majority of the votes, not just the plurality.

    In San Francisco, rather than just deciding a winner, voters are asked to rank candidates by preference. When the votes are tallied, if nobody gets more than 50 percent of the votes, the candidate with the least votes gets eliminated. Then the votes are tallied again, but for those who voted for the eliminated candidate, their second choice is now tallied instead. And so it goes, until one candidate claims a majority vote, not just the plurality.

    While Breed got the plurality of the initial votes, Leno was a popular second and third choice for voters whose first choice candidate was eliminated. As of this morning, Leno has a bare majority of the vote, 50.4 percent to Breed's 49.6 percent. Leno picked up thousands more votes as candidates were eliminated than Breed. But with less than 1,500 votes separating the two of them and many more ballots to still tally, it may be days before we know for certain who actually wins...
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    And then comes the recount if that is allowed.

    In reality I do not disagree with this plan. Itís a way to satisfy the greater volume of voters without having a runoff. OTOH I would prefer a runoff.

    In the elections of that type Iíve been involved in varied from voting for your top two without preference to raking the entire list from top to bottom.

    I donít know about your professional organizations but all of mine go by plain plurality. Weíve ended up with some doozies over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retread View Post
    And then comes the recount if that is allowed.

    In reality I do not disagree with this plan. Itís a way to satisfy the greater volume of voters without having a runoff. OTOH I would prefer a runoff.

    In the elections of that type Iíve been involved in varied from voting for your top two without preference to raking the entire list from top to bottom.

    I donít know about your professional organizations but all of mine go by plain plurality. Weíve ended up with some doozies over time.
    Ah, but were your professional organization elections combined with a "jungle primary"? We still win in absurdity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elspeth View Post
    Ah, but were your professional organization elections combined with a "jungle primary"? We still win in absurdity.
    The pro groups have one election, the guy/gal with the most votes win (94 to 93 tp 93 - the 94 wins)
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