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Subject:Mayor Quan
Time:10:19 am


The Oakland mayor's race was interesting this year. There were three major candidates-- Don Perata, Jean Quan, and Rebecca Kaplan, plus several minor candidates. In terms of the popular vote, the three finished in that order.

However, none of them got a majority, and Oakland uses ranked choice voting. As the second place votes were reassigned, Jean Quan became the winner. Vote counts are here. I suspect this was because a fairly strong anyone-but-Perata sentiment that was fed by Ms. Quan and Ms. Kaplan.

I'm not sure how I feel about RCV, but this was certainly an interesting result.
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jpmassar
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Time:2010-11-12 06:29 pm (UTC)
They were the top two vote getters. So if you had a runoff you would, all else being equal, get the same result.

It would be more controversial if someone who came in 3rd, 4th or even lower in the first round actually ended up winning. I think I read that that might happen in one of the City Council races in San Francisco. Of course hen you have ten candidates running and they all get approximately the same number of votes nothing you can do would be both 'fair' and plausible.
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wild_irises
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Time:2010-11-17 04:37 am (UTC)
I'm much happier with Quan than with Perata, but I don't think that's the interesting part. The interesting part is that Quan studied ranked-choice voting and gave her supporters clear advice on how to use it. In fact, she and Rebecca Kaplan either worked together on this or figured the same (correct) strategy out independently.

Perata said nothing about it during his campaign, apparently confident that he couldn't lose. When he did lose, he was asked why he didn't advise his supporters on how to use it in his favor and he said, "I don't understand ranked-choice voting."

Ideology aside, I would much rather have a mayor who studies the system under which she is elected than one who doesn't care enough to learn.
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