San Francisco: IRV in jeopardy
- FRONTLINES, the newspaper of the Left
San Francisco's Attempt to Use Instant Runoff Voting in Jeopardy
By Gino Pepi
*Summer Barbecue at Election Commission Meeting. Democratic Party local
machine's stalling tactics. Activists arrested. Lawsuit announced
Voters in San Francisco approved "instant runoff voting" (IRV, otherwise
known as ranked choice voting) 17 months ago, as Ballot Proposition A.
In that 17 months, it is only recently that proposals to actually run
the November 4, Mayoral election with IRV were sent to the state Voting
Systems Procedures (VSP) commission for approval.
The VSP meets in Sacramento and acts under authority of California
Secretary of State Kevin Shelley (former San Francisco Supervisor and
State Assembly representative)and a close associate to the SF local
Democratic Party machine. Shelley stated that IRV could not be
implemented on time for the November 4, Mayoral election.
Mayor Willie Brown, and his anointed candidate for Mayor, right wing
Gavin Newsom oppose the implementation of IRV as it will deprive Newsom
of any chance to win the election by making unnecessary a low turnout
runoff election in December.
Conventional wisdom indicates that most voters, in ranking their first
three preferences would choose among liberals Tom Ammiano and Angela
Alioto and the candidate of Green and progressive leftists, Matt
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