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Mon, Nov 8, 2010 -- 5:30 PM

Assessing Oakland's Surprising Ranked-Choice Election


Assessing Oakland's Surprising Ranked-Choice Election
Oakland residents are still waiting to find out who will be their next mayor. The Alameda County Registrar said this afternoon that some provisional ballots have yet to be counted. That could mean that final results won't be released until the end of the week. As the numbers currently stand, City Councilmember Jean Quan holds a 51 to 49 percent lead over former state Senate leader Don Perata. Under the city's ranked-choice voting system, Perata came out well ahead in the tally of "first-choice" votes. But Quan took the lead when second-choice votes were counted for Rebecca Kaplan. She was the third-place finisher. Host Cy Musiker discusses how the new ballot worked with Steven Hill, the architect of Oakland?s ranked choice system.

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