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.
Your vote counts for Bob, your first choice. Nobody has a majority mandate from voters.
Kim gets enough of Bob's second choices to get a majority.
In this count, because Bob was eliminated, your vote counted for Kim, your second choice.
Try a ranked-choice practice poll!
|Favorite San Francisco Zoo Animal|
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.
|Multi-round RCV elections||Results|
|Board of Supervisors, District 5|
|Board of Supervisors, District 7|
Districts 1 and 3 had a winner in the first round. District 7 was an extremely close race. Note that 'exhausted ballots' here includes those of voters who did not cast a vote at all for supervisor, but voted in other contests such as president or senator.
Click on a Board of Supervisors district to see its most recent multi-round election.|
A new map applies to the 2012 contests.
See also the East Bay results.
From 2004-2011, San Francisco has held at least one Ranked Choice election every year. 19 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 through Nov 2012. 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.
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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.