|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 Ranked Choice practice polls.
Rank the candidates you support, in order of preference.
Your vote counts for Bob, your first choice. Nobody has a majority mandate from voters.
Kim gets enough of Bob's second choices to get a majority.
In this count, because Bob was eliminated, your vote counted for Kim, your second choice.
Try a ranked-choice practice poll for the competitive 2018 east bay RCV contests!
|Berkeley City Council, District 1|
|Berkeley City Council, District 4|
|Berkeley City Council, District 7|
|Berkeley City Council, District 8|
|Oakland City Council, District 2|
|Oakland City Council, District 4|
|Oakland City Council, District 6|
|San Leandro Mayor|
|San Leandro City Council, District 1|
You can try two different ballot styles here: the usual 3-column ballot currently used in Alameda County, and a ballot that can support more choices, which the county is planning to start using in 2020. (San Francisco is expected to use the new ballot design in 2019.) This list omits 2018 ranked-choice contests with fewer than three candidates.
2018 results are preliminary.
|2018 Berkeley City Council, District 1|
|2018 Oakland City Council, District 4|
|2018 Oakland City Council, District 6|
|2016 Berkeley Mayor|
|2016 Berkeley City Council, District 2**|
|2016 Oakland School Board, District 3|
|2016 Oakland School Board, District 5**|
|2014 Berkeley City Council, District 8|
|2014 Oakland City Council, District 2|
|2014 Oakland City Council, District 6|
|2014 Oakland School Board, District 4|
|2014 Oakland Mayor*|
|2014 San Leandro City Council, District 1|
|2014 San Leandro Mayor|
|2012 Oakland City Council, At-Large|
|2012 Oakland City Council, District 1|
|2012 Oakland City Council, District 3**|
|2012 Oakland City Council, District 5|
|2012 Oakland School Board, District 3|
|2012 San Leandro City Council, District 2|
|2012 San Leandro City Council, District 4|
|2010 Oakland Mayor**|
|2010 Oakland City Council, District 4|
|2010 San Leandro Mayor**|
|2010 Berkeley City Council, District 7|
|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
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
** 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.
Nonprofit organizations that provide advocacy and education on RCV:
Californians for Electoral Reform
Ballot styles: The 3-choice ballot has been used in all Alameda County RCV elections so far. Technology allowing more choices was certified for use in California in 2017, and the county board of supervisors approved plans to purchase the new equipment in late 2018, with its first use expected in 2020. San Francisco plans to start using the new equipment in November 2019. Here is a sample ballot in PDF format from a recent ranked-choice election in Santa Fe, NM, using the new technology. 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 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.