Tag Archives: ranked-choice voting
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.”
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 »
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.
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 »
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).
The November election … Continue reading »