What is Ranked-Choice Voting?

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What is Ranked-Choice Voting?

Under ranked-choice voting, San Francisco voters can rank their top three choices for a single office.

If no candidate wins a majority (over 50%) of first-choice selections, last place candidates are then eliminated and voter’s second and third place choices are then redistributed until a candidate wins a majority. This makes it possible to elect local officials by majority vote without the need for a separate run-off election.

San Francisco voters passed Ranked-Choice voting as an amendment to the City Charter in March of 2002.