Editorial: Don’t let Oakland hiccup slow ranked-choice voting momentum
Dec 30, 2022
Programming error shouldn’t sway Bay Area from using system that strengthens principle of majority rule
The San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board writes:
"Voters like it because it saves the cost of a primary election while also giving them much greater say in who is elected. Under the current system, a candidate can win with only 20%-30% of the vote, meaning a majority of voters did not choose the winner. Ranked-choice voting diminishes the chances of extremist candidates who appeal to a small slice of voters. It also encourages voters to research every candidate on the ballot.
Those are advantages that every California voter should support."