Ranked choice elections are so interesting.
Although the results are unofficial, the District 4 Council seat will surely be filled by Libby Schaaf. She garnered over half the vote (52.31%), followed by Jill Broadhurst (30.44%) and Daniel Swafford (17.24%) respectively.
While ranked-choices haven’t changed the District 4 outcome, they reveal the playing field as promised years ago — when we voted for and approved this new methodology. In the first round, Libby Schaaf earned 42 percent and ran 1.9x ahead of Jill Broadhurst. After the next choices were counted, she reached a majority of votes with a slightly smaller 1.7x lead.
Meanwhile, there’s an upset brewing in the Oakland Mayoral race from ranked choices. Don Perata had the most first-place votes, without a majority. When the next choices were counted from other candidates, things changed. Our outgoing District 4 Council Rep, Jean Quan, received that majority (51.03%) with Perata behind her (48.91%). Third-place finisher and Council Rep Rebecca Kaplan’s voters picked Quan by 3:1 ratio. Got that?
We’re keeping a close watch, as the remaining ballots get counted this weekend — and hope you do, too.