SF Supervisors Consider Revamp, Repeal Of Ranked-Choice Voting

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s ranked-choice voting system is being flushed out before the Board of Supervisors.

Thursday, the board’s rules committee took a first look at dueling proposals that have submitted as amendments to the city’s charter – one would repeal ranked-choice voting and return the city’s elections to a simple runoff process. Another proposal would keep and perhaps even expand the process.

Currently, San Francisco elections are governed by ranked choice voting – meaning voters “rank” their top three choices – in order of preference. The lowest vote-getters are eliminated and the votes recounted until one candidate secures a majority.

It’s a system that has plenty of support – and plenty of critics, too.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“Ranked-choice voting has brought strong benefits to the city and I just wonder what are the problems?” one woman declared her support for ranked-choice voting during the public comments period of the hearing.

“I am strongly, strongly against the current system of ranked-choice voting,” a man said emphatically. “I prefer the old system.”

Critics also are citing the November 2011 election as reason enough to eliminate ranked-choice voting, claiming the mayoral contest was confusing and suffered from low turnout specifically because of the system.

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