This November, Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro will join San Francisco in using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to elect local offices. With RCV, voters can rank a first, second and third choice, and winning candidates are elected in a single November election instead of over two elections in June and November. This boosts turnout, saves taxpayers the cost of a second election and saves candidates the cost of fundraising for two elections.
A panel of former candidates and political consultants from San Francisco who have experience in conducting RCV campaigns discussed potential changes to Oakland, Berkeley and San Leandro elections that will result from the use of Ranked Choice Voting. They also gave pointers on how to run a successful campaign.
This event was co-sponsored with Oakland Rising.