* * * Ranked-Choice Voting
in East Bay Cities
* * *

Since 2010, the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and San Leandro have joined San Francisco in the use of an instant runoff process to elect its mayor and council members. This way, voters rank their choices on one ballot, rather than vote for one candidate in one election and then another in a separate runoff election. Here, you can see results for those contests with more than one round, and try a Ranked Choice practice poll.

Rank the candidates you support, in order of preference.
1st choice
Lou <- -[
Bob <-*-[
Kim <- -[
2nd choice
Lou <- -[
Bob <- -[
Kim <-*-[
3rd choice
Lou <-*-[
Bob <- -[
Kim <- -[
Your vote will count for your highest-ranked candidate, but some candidates may be eliminated.
=> Your vote counts for Bob, your first choice. Nobody has a majority mandate from voters.
 
---------------- 50%
Kim 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK __ :
Lou 
LLLLLLLLLL ______ :
Bob 
PPPPPPPP ________ :
So we eliminate Bob, and recount.
=> Kim gets enough of Bob's second choices to get a majority.
 
---------------- 50%
Kim 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK PP : PP
Lou 
LLLLLLLLLL PPPPP ___ :

In this count, because Bob was eliminated, your vote counted for Kim, your second choice.


Try a ranked-choice practice poll!

  Vote Results
Favorite Oakland Zoo Animal 3-column ballot grid ballot Bars

You can try two different ballot styles here: the usual 3-column ballot currently used in Alameda County, and a grid-style ballot that is currently working its way through the regulatory approval process.


Past Results

Multi-Round Contests Results
2012 Oakland City Council, At-Large Bars
2012 Oakland City Council, District 1 Bars
2012 Oakland City Council, District 3 Bars
2012 Oakland City Council, District 5 Bars
2012 Oakland School Board, District 3 Bars
2012 San Leandro City Council, District 2 Bars
2012 San Leandro City Council, District 4 Bars
2010 Oakland Mayor Bars
2010 Oakland City Council, District 4 Bars
2010 San Leandro Mayor Bars
2010 Berkeley City Council, District 7 Bars
 
See also the San Francisco results

In 2010, there were 17 Ranked-choice elections, and 18 in 2012. The contests that are not shown here had a first-round winner. Note that 'exhausted ballots' here includes those of voters who did not cast a vote at all for supervisor, but voted in other contests such as president or senator. The results released by the county separate out all "overvotes" (more than one vote in the same column), whereas the DemoChoice software treats them as votes for "none of these".


Nonprofit organizations that provide advocacy and education on RCV:
Californians for Electoral Reform
Fairvote

Ballot styles:The 3-choice ballot will be used in Nov 2012. Equipment allowing more choices is available, but is going through a regulatory approval chain that lasts years. Its use would be feasible within the next few election cycles. The 3-choice limit was the subject of a lawsuit that was rejected by both the district court and, on appeal, the circuit court. Here is an analysis of the impact of a 3-choice limit. It is wise to use all 3 choices, and choose lower choices that are more likely to win.

Comparison of voter participation and vote effectiveness between 2006 and 2010 (PDF)
and analysis by district

Brought to you by DemoChoice web polls - create your own ranked choice poll on the web!

DemoChoice is not affiliated with or authorized by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, or San Leandro, or any candidate in the election. Any ballot links to candidates are those that appear on the first page of a Google search, or as directly requested by a candidate.