Tag Archives: Ranked Choice Voting

Trial by Data

The verdict is in.  Alameda’s current voting system falls short on a number of counts. On April 27, the Alameda League of Women Voters hosted a forum that compared various election methods:  Alameda’s current plurality-at-large system, plurality by districts, ranked-choice … Continue reading

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Democracy on Front Burner

Democracy is at the forefront of today’s political debate.  Alameda is no exception. Alameda’s plurality voting system allows top vote-getters to win, even when a majority of voters did not vote for them.  And lopsided expenditures contribute to the impression … Continue reading

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Will the real progressives please stand up?

Here we go again.  It is unfortunate that yet another Alameda mayor has been elected without majority support.  Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft won the seat with only 41.97 percent of the vote.  Blame it on Alameda’s use of a plurality voting … Continue reading

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Counting one, two, three

It’s the same ol’ backward story I hear over and over again about ranked-choice voting being complicated.  Wrong.  It’s as simple as one, two, three. The conversation I have with people goes something like this:  “Ranked-choice voting is hard for … Continue reading

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In A Democracy, The Majority Should Rule

As campaign signs were taken down around town and the victims of SunCal’s wrath were trying to recover from a bitter election aftertaste, voters couldn’t help but notice the results of the race for mayor in Oakland. Oakland for the … Continue reading

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