BREAKING NEWS: Instant Runoff Voting Coming to Oakland

California Secretary of State Debra Bowen officially certified Alameda County’s new voting system this afternoon, thereby allowing Oakland to hold only one election next year — in November. The election would feature instant-runoff voting, also known as ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to rank their top choices in an election, and thus eliminate the need for a costly primary. A super majority of Oakland voters approved instant-runoff voting in 2006 with 69 percent of the vote. San Francisco has been using the system for several years.

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