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Ranked-choice voting primer for Berkeley voters

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The city of Berkeley recently posted this handy guide to ranked-choice voting, and Berkeleyside is in turn sharing it with our readers. Ranked-choice voting (RCV) only comes into play when the top choice does not receive more than 50% of the votes. Worth noting: RCV has only happened twice in Berkeley out of the 12 council races since 2010: Kriss Worthington in 2010 and Lori Droste in 2014. See the county’s iPhone app to learn even more. A video of the process also appears below.

Learn how ranked-choice voting works to help guide your decisions for the Nov. 8 election, when several Berkeley City Council seats and the mayoral race will use the method if no one candidate gets a majority of votes outright.

Ranked-choice voting, which is sometimes referred to by its acronym, “RCV,” allows voters to rank candidates in order of preference, and eliminates the need for a separate, run-off election.

Questions? Ask them in the comments section.

Voters can — but aren’t required to — indicate their first, second and third choice for an office. Some voters choose only one top choice. If a candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, they are the winner. … Continue reading »

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Op-ed: Some insights into ranked choice voting in Berkeley

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I recently read your coverage of Berkeley candidates for the Nov. 8 election. One city council candidate encouraged voters to only vote for her and not rank other candidates — this is a political tactic called “bullet voting” — and suggested ranked choice voting has “unintended consequences.”

Bullet Voting

I would like to point out that some campaigns mistakenly believe that if their supporters rank other candidates second or third, this would somehow dilute the strength of that voter’s … Continue reading »

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Kriss Worthington confirmed as District 7 winner

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On election night last Tuesday, only one of the Berkeley local races was technically undecided. In District 7, incumbent Kriss Worthington has captured 49.69% of the vote, just short of the required 50%. So it was clear that, barring a total sweep of second-choice votes by rival George Beier, Worthington would be reelected.

That result is now confirmed, although the final, official tally is yet to be certified. If you’re interested in how ranked-choice voting works in practice, the … Continue reading »

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Will ranked-choice voting change the election?

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At Tuesday’s election, Berkeley voters will have their first experience of ranked-choice voting (RCV), also known as instant runoff voting. RCV is being used in Berkeley’s City Council elections. In RCV (explained rather folksily in the video above), voters can rank their candidate preferences. If no candidate wins a majority (50% plus one), the candidate with the lowest number of first-choice votes is eliminated. Votes cast for that candidate will be redistributed to the voter’s next-ranked choice. The … Continue reading »

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Election groundwork: Who’s running in November?

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Four Berkeley council seats and a variety of other Berkeley posts are being contested at the general election on Tuesday, November 2. Berkeleyside will have full coverage of all the races but, first, here is your quick summary guide to who is running for what.

We’ve provided links to the candidates’ profile pages at the City Clerk’s site, as well as to their own websites when we could find it (if we’ve missed some sites, let us know).

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