Ranked-choice voting complaints mount

In a post-election interview, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the incoming lieutenant governor, told his hometown paper that he was among city voters who had been confused by ranked-choice voting. Newsom said he filled out his own ballot incorrectly, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Mike LaBonte - Nov 22, 2010 - 6:37 AM PST
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Chris Finnie
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by Chris Finnie - Nov. 23, 2010

It would be interesting to see how the error rate on the ranked-choice ballots compares to standard ballots. Having served as a poll worker myself, I assure you that it's normal to have a certain number of people fail to vote in a given race, and to have a certain number of improperly marked ballots. So, unless that rate has gone up a lot, I don't see the case for the confusion argument. Other than that, this seems like a lot of complaints from losing candidates. Folks I talked to who had voted in these elections were pleased with the ballots and with the results.

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Fred Gatlin
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by Fred Gatlin - Nov. 22, 2010

This article shows the problems with ranked choice voting system. It also includes a response from the company that provides this voting system. The idea that 10% had problems causes concern.

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Mike LaBonte
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by Mike LaBonte - Nov. 22, 2010

This blog post reads mostly like a news report, with good research and balanced interviews. In one section a previous work by the author is quoted as a first person opinion source, but the followup conveys counter-responses fairly well. His previous blog post on the subject also shows extensive research work.

I am quite familiar with the RCV voter confusion problem and the recent Oakland RCV election. Williams' voter confusion analysis looks correct.

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