* * * Ranked-Choice Voting
in San Francisco
* * *

Since 2004, San Francisco has used an instant runoff process to elect its mayor, board of supervisors, and other officers. This way, voters rank their choices on one ballot, rather than vote for one candidate in one election and then another in a separate runoff election. Here, you can see past results and try a Ranked Choice practice poll.

Rank the candidates you support, in order of preference.
1st choice
Lou <- -[
Bob <-*-[
Kim <- -[
2nd choice
Lou <- -[
Bob <- -[
Kim <-*-[
3rd choice
Lou <-*-[
Bob <- -[
Kim <- -[
Your vote will count for your highest-ranked candidate, but some candidates may be eliminated.
=> Your vote counts for Bob, your first choice. Nobody has a majority mandate from voters.
 
---------------- 50%
Kim 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK __ :
Lou 
LLLLLLLLLL ______ :
Bob 
PPPPPPPP ________ :
So we eliminate Bob, and recount.
=> Kim gets enough of Bob's second choices to get a majority.
 
---------------- 50%
Kim 
KKKKKKKKKKKKKK PP : PP
Lou 
LLLLLLLLLL PPPPP ___ :

In this count, because Bob was eliminated, your vote counted for Kim, your second choice.


2014 contests

  Vote Results
Board of Supervisors, District 6 3-column ballot grid ballot Bars
Board of Supervisors, District 8 3-column ballot grid ballot Bars
Board of Supervisors, District 10 3-column ballot grid ballot Bars

You can try two different ballot styles here: the usual 3-column ballot currently used in San Francisco, and a grid-style ballot that is currently working its way through the regulatory approval process. Districts 2 and 4 also have elections, but with fewer than 3 candidates, so the ranked-choice aspect is not very interesting.


Past results

Click on a Board of Supervisors district to see its most recent multi-round election.

Use links to right District 1 District 2 District 2 District 3 District 4 District 5 District 6 District 6 District 10 District 11 District 9 District 8 District 7

This map applies to contests from 2004-2011. A new map has slightly different boundaries.
Multi-round RCV elections Results
2012 Board of Supervisors, District 5 Bars
2012 Board of Supervisors, District 7 Bars
2011 Mayor Bars
2011 Sheriff Bars
2011 District Attorney Bars
2010 Board of Supervisors, District 2 Bars
2010 Board of Supervisors, District 6 Bars
2010 Board of Supervisors, District 8 Bars
2010 Board of Supervisors, District 10 Bars
2008 Board of Supervisors, District 1 Bars
2008 Board of Supervisors, District 3 Bars
2008 Board of Supervisors, District 9 Bars
2008 Board of Supervisors, District 11 Bars
2006 Board of Supervisors, District 4 Bars
2006 Board of Supervisors, District 6 Bars
2005 Assessor-Recorder Bars
2004 Board of Supervisors, District 1 Bars
2004 Board of Supervisors, District 5 Bars
2004 Board of Supervisors, District 7 Bars
2004 Board of Supervisors, District 11 Bars

See also the East Bay results.

From 2004-2013, San Francisco has held at least one Ranked Choice election every year. 24 of these had a majority winner in the first round. The results released by the Elections Department separate out all "overvotes" (more than one vote in the same column), whereas the DemoChoice software treats them as votes for "none of these".


Californians for Electoral Reform advocates RCV throughout the state.
Fairvote is a national organization advocating electoral reforms such as RCV.

Ballot styles: The 3-choice ballot has been used since 2004, and will be used in 2014. Equipment allowing more choices is available, but is going through a regulatory approval chain that lasts years. Its use would be feasible within the next few election cycles. This will use a grid-style ballot. The 3-choice limit was the subject of a lawsuit that was rejected by both the district court and, on appeal, the circuit court. Here is an analysis of the impact of a 3-choice limit. It shows that it is wise to use all 3 choices, and choose lower choices that are more likely to win.

Brought to you by DemoChoice web polls - create your own ranked choice poll on the web!

DemoChoice is not affiliated with or authorized by the San Francisco Elections Department or any candidate in the election. Any ballot links to candidates are those published by the Elections Department, are an obvious choice from a search engine, or are directly requested by a candidate. A candidate may request to be excluded from the straw polls.