Oakland’s mayoral race goes to runoff vote count today
on November 5, 2010
At 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, the vote for Oakland’s mayor will head to a runoff vote count, determining whether front-runner Don Perata will maintain his lead, or whether trailing contenders Jean Quan, Rebecca Kaplan or Joe Tuman will be able to catch up.
On Tuesday, November 2, residents of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro voted with a ranked-choice ballot for the first time. Under the rules of ranked-choice voting, a system approved by Oakland voters in 2006, voters rank their top three choices for mayor on the ballot. First-choice votes are tallied, and if no candidate receives a majority—more than 50 percent of the vote—then the last-place candidate is eliminated. The ballots that ranked an eliminated candidate as their first choice will have their second choice counted instead. The process continues until one candidate reaches a majority and officially wins the election.
After a lengthy campaign season involving ten mayoral candidates, Tuesday night’s first-choice results showed Perata with 35.2 percent of the vote, an 11-point lead over Quan, but still short of the majority required to win the election outright, prompting Friday’s run-off count. Quan received 24.3 percent over the vote, followed by Kaplan with 20.82 percent. Tuman placed fourth with 11.95 percent of first-choice votes.
A computer at the Registrar of Voters office will run the calculation Friday afternoon, but representatives cautioned that official results may not be available for days or weeks.
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