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Friday, November 5, 2010

Ranked-Choice Voting Totals For San Francisco -- Are These Our Next Supervisors?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 4:49 PM

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San Francisco's Department of Elections moments ago released its most up-to-date voting data yet -- and Mark Farrell, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, and Malia Cohen are all smiling. Smiling nervously, but smiling. 

Today is the first tally using ranked-choice voting. Essentially, as candidates are eliminated, their second- and third-choice votes are disseminated to other candidates still in the running. This continues until someone breaks the 50 percent threshold.

Today's figures are by no means final -- but so far, no San Francisco office-seeker trailing after the initial tally of the ranked-choice votes has come back to win.

Here's the nitty-gritty:

In District 2, Ranked-choice voting has put Farrell 97 votes ahead of Janet Reilly, 8,200 to 8,103. That's incredibly close: 50.3 percent to 49.7 percent. Perhaps Reilly needed even a few more endorsements.

In District 6, the so-called "surge" Debra Walker's people were hoping for didn't materialize. Kim has 54 percent of the vote after RCV, 6,181 votes to Walker's 5,252.

In District 8, Wiener crushed the competition; he has 55.7 percent of the vote -- 12,985 -- almost 3,000 ahead of Rafael Mandelman.

And, finally, District 10 serves as an example of how district elections may not be the most ideal expression of democracy. After 21 rounds of RCV tabulations, Cohen has about 100 votes more than Tony Kelly (2,878 to 2,726) and just over 51 percent of the vote.

If these results hold, incidentally, all three of the Guardian's cover boys and girls will have lost.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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