SAN FRANCISCO'S ranked-choice voting system is drawing ire from elected officials on both sides of the City's aisle - well, Democrat and progressive Democrat - who may soon introduced competing measures to do away with the non-year old voting system.
For the uninitiated, which includes most San Francisco voters, according to Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced legislation to do away with ranked-choice voting on Election Day - a voter selects up to three candidates and ranks them first, second, or third in ranked-choice voting, or instant runoff voting.
The candidate with the least amount of first-place votes at the end of voting is eliminated. A voter who had that candidate first will now have their second-place choice count towards the candidates's vote total.
And so on, until one candidate has a majority.
The recent SF Mayoral election saw more than 31,000 voters, who filled out their ballot correctly, have their votes discarded when all of their chosen candidates were eliminated from the race. And that was despite spending $300,000 on an education campaign.
Bottom line - San Francisco voters have trouble with ranked-choice elections.
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