Oakland an example of risk in ranked-choice voting

`Ranked-choice voting is a failed experiment," according to Supervisor Mark Farrell. Today, Farrell and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will propose a charter amendment to end ranked-choice voting in San Francisco. It will need a majority of votes from the Board of Supervisors to get on the ballot in June, but I can’t imagine any supervisor will be able to vote against it after the spectacle we are about to witness as we calculate the votes in this mayoral race.

It will only be rivaled by the dramatic scene across the Bay, where we are watching Oakland Mayor Jean Quan continue her "reign of error." (Read more)

Response: Thank you Joyce McCloy for sharing this. Curmilus Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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N.Carolina’s Statewide Instant Runoff Voting Contest – the facts, the regrets

48 days after the election, instant runoff voting produced a "winner" for the NC Court of Appeals, for the  "Wynn"seat. Thanks to IRV, an experimental tallying method was used, the election was almost a tie, a recount was called for, and we had a plurality result, not a majority win.

After counting the IRV votes,  the highest vote getter lost his 100,000 vote lead, and the contest became so close that a recount was requested. The declared winner won with 28% of votes from all ballots cast on election day. We do not know how many 2nd and 3rd choice votes each candidate got, as this data was not released to the public. (Read more)

Note: Joyce what in the hell? So now they have the audacity to not publicize all the results from an election? So how can we trust these jokers? This is just sad. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

St. Paul preps for voting via ranked choice–Source:

St. Paul voters will have a lot to learn for the 2011 city elections, and officials still are trying to figure out how to teach them.

It’s the first year ranked-choice voting will be used to choose City Council members. The council is putting together an ordinance that spells out how it will work, and once that’s settled, there will be a campaign to inform voters about the change. (Read more)

Note: From the desk of Chris Telesca: Could this be why tax-exempt foundations support non-profits that advocate for IRV?: Ranked choice voting will work fine in local, non-partisan elections. However its advocates have a different plan in mind for legislative and statewide races: they want to eliminate the partisan primary.

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Instant analysis–Source: News & Observer

After seven weeks, the votes are in, counted and recounted. The result: Doug McCullough won the Nov. 2 election – the Instant Runoff election – for a seat on the state Court of Appeals. McCullough should make a good judge on the Appeals Court (he’s been there before, serving capably). Question is, should North Carolina elect to use Instant Runoff Voting in statewide races again? (Read more)

Note: I totally agree 100%. This was instant “BULLMANURE” and everyone who pushed to do this election in that fashion is just that full of it. How in the hell can anyone feel good about this particular race? Nope I am not talking about because Judge Thigpen lead and then lost but because how do we know the total process was done correctly? Do we know if all the candidates received their right amount votes? Not a supporter of IRV now and never. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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After 48 days the instant runoff voting contest for NC Court of Appeals is over–Source: NC Voter

Just in time for Christmas. 48 days after the election, instant runoff voting produces a "winner" for the NC Court of Appeals contest for Wynn’s seat. Initially, Cressie Thigpen was leading by 100,000 votes but he only had 20% of the votes cast amongst the 13 candidates. (Read more)

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Thigpen Concedes To McCullough In NC Court Of Appeals Judge Race–Source: WITN

Incumbent Judge Cressie Thigpen has conceded to Doug McCullough in their race for a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Thigpen congratulated McCullough for the victory after a statewide recount completed Monday showed McCullough ahead by 6,655 votes out of nearly 1.1 million cast. McCullough had led by about 6,000 votes before the recount. (Read more)

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Weak defense of IRV – Instant Runoff Voting in NC Court of Appeals oddities

Some say instant runoff voting did what it was supposed to do in the NC Court of Appeals Contest. For sure the IRV algorithm that sorts, allocates and eliminates votes is capricious in nature. IRV election is like a crap shoot. The top 2 candidates had 20% and 15% of first round votes. Thigpen led McCullough by 100,000 votes. After sorting, allocating, eliminating and reshuffling the IRV votes, McCullough and Thigpen had a near tie. (Read more)

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