For the first time, side effects San Franciscans will be using Ranked choice voting (RCV), look a method we voted to adopt about two years ago. RCV, order or “instant run-off” voting only applies to SF races. On November 2, 2004, San Francisco voters will use ranked-choice voting to elect Supervisors for districts 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Ranked-choice voting does not apply to elections for School Board or Community College Board, or to candidates for State or federal office.

The SF Elections Department has important information about RCV that you should read if you are an S.F. voter.

Basically, in the SF system, all first-choice votes are counted first, and if a candidate receives a majority (50%+1) of the first-choice votes, that candidate is elected.

If no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes, a process of eliminating candidates and transferring votes begins. The candidate who received the fewest number of first-choice votes is eliminated, and votes cast for the eliminated candidate are transferred to the voter’s next-choice candidate. The votes are then recounted. If any candidate receives a majority of the remaining votes, that candidate is elected. If no candidate receives a majority of the remaining votes, the process of eliminating candidates and transferring votes is repeated, until one candidate receives a majority.

For those interested in gaming the system, there’s this preliminary analysisfor true voting geeks.

S.F. is using the Hare method. If this analysis is correct, under Hare it is possible for the voters who pick the candidate that does best in the first round to be punished for sincere voting, if their last choice is the first and second choice of more people. But you don’t necessarily know who is the first and second choice of others, or who will lose, especially because in the real world there are more than three possible combinations of three candidates. This method seems very difficult to game. I’d be interested in hearing whether others think Hare RCV encourages insincere voting in a real world situation.

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PRESIDENT: John Kerry

U.S. SENATOR: Barbara Boxer

U.S. HOUSE
District 6: Lynn Woolsey
District 8: Nancy Pelosi
District 9: Barbara Lee
District 12: Write in Ro Khanna

STATE SENATOR
District 3: Carole Migden

STATE ASSEMBLY
DISTRICT 12: Leland Yee
DISTRICT 13: Mark Leno
DISTRICT 14:Loni Hancock
DISTRICT 16: Wilma Chan

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

District One: Jake McGoldrick.
District Two: David Pascal
District Three: Aaron Peskin
District Five: Haaland, Sullivan, Kalb
District Seven:Linnenback
District Nine: Tom Ammiano
District Eleven: Geraldo Sandoval

COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD AND BOARD OF EDUCATION
No endorsement

BART Board
District 9: Tom Radulovich
District 7: No opposition

STATE PROPOSITIONS
PROPOSITION 1A (Local Gov�t Revenue): YES
PROPOSITION 59 (Open Meetings): YES
PROPOSITION 60 (Political Parties): YES
PROPOSITION 60A (Surplus Property Tax): Yes
PROPOSITION 61 (Children�s Hospital Bonds): Yes
PROPOSITION 62 (See 60): NO
PROPOSITION 63 (Mental Health Tax): Yes
PROPOSITION 64 (Unfair business lawsuits): No
PROPOSITION 65(See 1A): No
PROPOSITION 66 (Changes to 3 Strikes Law): YES!!
PROPOSITION 67 (Telephone Surcharge): NO
PROPOSITION 68 (Casinos): No
PROPOSITION 69 (Big Brother DNA Database: NO
PROPOSITION 70 (Casinos): No
PROPOSITION 71 (Stem Cell Research): Yes
PROPOSITION 72 (Mandatory Employee Insurance): No

LOCAL MEASURES
PROPOSITION A (Housing): Yes
PROPOSITION B (Landmarks): Yes
PROPOSITION C (Health): Yes
PROPOSITION D (Local Gov�t): Yes
PROPOSITION E (Benefits): Yes
PROPOSITION F (Non-citizen voting): No
PROPOSITION G (City Health Plan): Yes
PROPOSITION H (Candlestick or Monster?): No
PROPOSITION I (New Office): No
PROPOSITION J (Sales Tax Increase): No
PROPOSITION K (Business Tax Increase): Yes
PROPOSITION L (Movie Theaters): No
PROPOSITION M (WITHDRAWN)
PROPOSITION N (S.F. Out of Iraq): No
PROPOSITION O (Use of Sales Tax): Yes
Measure AA (BART Earthquake Safety): Yes

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