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  Ranked-Choice Voting in East Bay Cities   Californians for
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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 Ranked Choice practice polls.

Rank the candidates you support, in order of preference.
Candidate
Lou
Bob
Kim
1st choice
O
X
O
2nd choice
O
O
X
3rd choice
X
O
O
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 for the competitive 2020 East Bay RCV contests!

  Vote Results
Berkeley Mayor grid ballot Bars
Berkeley City Council, District 2 grid ballot Bars
Berkeley City Council, District 3 grid ballot Bars
Berkeley City Council, District 5 grid ballot Bars
Oakland City Council, District 1 grid ballot Bars
Oakland City Council, District 3* grid ballot Bars
Oakland City Council, District 5 grid ballot Bars
Oakland City Council, District 7* grid ballot Bars
Oakland City Council, At-Large Member grid ballot Bars
Oakland School Board, District 1 grid ballot Bars
Oakland School Board, District 3* grid ballot Bars
Oakland School Board, District 5 grid ballot Bars
Oakland School Board, District 7* grid ballot Bars

This year was the first in Alameda County using ballots that can accommodate more than three choices. (San Francisco first used the new ballot design in 2019.) Only contests with more than 4 candidates (marked with *) and eliminate 3 or more candidates during the count benefit from ballots with more than three choices. This list omits ranked-choice contests with fewer than three candidates. In the preliminary results, Berkeley District 2 and all Oakland contests except city council 1 and 5 went to multiple rounds. City council and school districts 3 and 7 needed 4 rounds, making use of the additional rankings.


Past Results

In 2020, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters posted only the first-round count on its website, and only provided the multi-round results to those who made a special request. The ballot data have apparently not been made available at all.

Multi-Round Contests Results Stats
2018 Berkeley City Council, District 1 Bars
2018 Oakland City Council, District 4 Bars
2018 Oakland City Council, District 6 Bars
2016 Berkeley Mayor Bars
2016 Berkeley City Council, District 2** Bars
2016 Oakland School Board, District 3 Bars
2016 Oakland School Board, District 5** Bars
2014 Berkeley City Council, District 8 Bars
2014 Oakland City Council, District 2 Bars
2014 Oakland City Council, District 6 Bars
2014 Oakland School Board, District 4 Bars
2014 Oakland Mayor* Bars
2014 San Leandro City Council, District 1 Bars
2014 San Leandro Mayor Bars
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

There are about 17 ranked-choice contests held every two years in Alameda County. The contests that are not shown here had a first-round winner. In the 25 multi-round contests between 2010 and 2018, there were 774,681 votes that counted in at least the first round. Note that 'exhausted ballots' in the results published by the county include those of voters who did not cast a vote at all in the ranked-choice contest, 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".

** indicates contests where the winner overcame the leading first-round candidate in later rounds.
* indicates contests where a candidate who was not one of the top two in the first round was in the top two in the final round.


Californians for Electoral Reform advocates RCV throughout the state.
Fairvote is a national organization advocating electoral reforms such as RCV.

Ballot styles: A ballot limited to 3 choices was used from 2004 to 2018. Vote-counting machines were upgraded in 2019 to allow up to 10 choices, with their first use in ranked-choice contests in November 2020. 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. If such a limit is imposed, it shows that it is wise to use all 3 choices, and choose lower choices that are more likely to win.

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DemoChoice is not affiliated with 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 provided by the county, that appear on the first page of a result on a major search engine, or as directly requested by a candidate. A candidate may request to be excluded from the practice polls.