Final Vote Count Delayed In Oakland Mayoral Race

OAKLAND (AP) — Oakland voters must wait at least another day or two before learning who will be the city’s new mayor.

Thousands of provisional ballots being counted are taking longer than expected, Alameda County Registrar of Voters Dave Macdonald said Monday.

For the first time, Oakland is using ranked choice voting, where voters cast a first, second and third choice. The results of factoring in the second- and third-choice votes is incomplete, Macdonald said.

He didn’t know when the final tally would be completed.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports On Ranked Choice Voting:

The once-crowded, 10-candidate race is down to Oakland Councilwoman Jean Quan holding a slight lead over former state Sen. Don Perata, who was ahead after initial first-choice votes were tallied early last week.

Quan took the lead late last week after receiving a majority of second-choice votes from supporters of candidate and fellow Councilwoman, Rebecca Kaplan, who finished third.

Standing outside City Hall on Monday, Quan said she remains cautiously optimistic.

“We are on the verge, we are hoping, of victory,” Quan said, as she prepared to host a “thank you” party for campaign staff and supporters that she’d hoped might become a victory celebration.

If Perata comes back to win, Quan said the fact that she made it even a close race is an “amazing victory for grassroots organizing in this city.”

Meanwhile, the Perata camp on Monday insisted they will wait and remain low-key until the results are final.

“We remain confident that Oakland voters’ first-choice preference for Mr. Perata will hold through once all of the ballots have been certified and counted,” Perata spokesman Rhys Williams said.

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  • mhc

    This shows exactly why ranked-choice is a bad idea. I’m surprised it hasn’t been challenged on constitutional bases: it’s a distortion of the one-person one-vote principle

  • Jerry

    Ranked-Choice has to go and fast.

    It is the brainchild of corrupt politicians.

    The electorate better wake up on this one or
    their vote will be manipulated until the chosen
    candidate wins. And that is the candidate chosen
    by the unions and corrupt politicians that make
    deals before the ink on the ballots are dry.

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  • Red

    Really? You think ranked choice voting is unconstitutional? One district in SF had 21 candidates for an open supervisor seat. Would it be more fair to seat a representative who only got 12-percent of the vote?

  • tom

    ummm… corrupt politicians have nothing to do with IRV. it’s mostly electoral geeks who are searching for a fair way to find a consensus winner. Rather than a “winner-take-all” that only got a plurality (sometimes of only 20%) of the vote.

  • tn

    Didn’t imprisoned San Francisco Supervisor Ed Jew, years ago, win his district, the same way?

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