By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt
For the first time in history, two major San Francisco mayoral candidates are running a serious, all-out ranked-choice voting strategy—and the outcome of the election will test whether that system works.
In a press conference this morning, and a newly released ad, the two candidates appeared together to call for a fundamental change at City Hall….
“This is an historic moment,” Kim said. “We need to stand together if we believe in change.”…
It’s no secret that RCV could determine the next mayor; in fact, it’s likely that the second-place votes of the third-place candidate will decide the election…(more)
This is not the first time this strategy was tried. The 1-2-3 concept was introduced at a cakewalk at City Hall in 2015. And we have the video to prove it.
Joining ranks is a no-brainer in the world of ranked choice voting. Look at the number of dual endorsements. It is important to choose at least two if not three candidates. To better understand how ranked choice voting works and why teaming up makes sense, watch this video from ABC 7 News: San Francisco has been using ranked choice voting since 2004. Here’s how it works.
This campaign has brought out some important information, raised good questions, stretched the candidates in new ways, and introduced us to some new ideas that we hope will inform the next Mayor, regardless of who that is. Pretty much everyone agrees on the goals. They just differ in their methods to reach them. May the best candidate win!