Oakland City Council Okays Instant Runoffs

The Oakland City Council voted 6-2 tonight to use ranked-choice voting in this year’s election, meaning city voters will decide on who will be the next mayor in November — not in June. The move is a boost to the campaign of Councilwoman Jean Quan and others who may now decide to jump into the mayor’s race. And it’s a setback to ex-state Senator Don Perata who tried to block the new voting system from going into effect in 2010 and would have benefited from the traditional primary and general election format because of his fund-raising prowess and strong name recognition.

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