Most Voters Not Confused By Ranked Choice Voting

In the Oakland mayor’s race, more than 98 percent of voters cast valid ballots in the election, according to two analyses of preliminary ranked choice voting results. In addition, more than 70 percent of voters took full advantage of ranked choice voting, selecting different candidates for their first, second, and third choices. That’s a higher percentage than in San Francisco’s first ranked choice election in 2004 and it undercuts claims by some supporters of ex-state Senator Don Perata, who is currently in second place, that many voters were bewildered and made mistakes on their ballots.

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