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  • America Votes

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    Friday, October 15, 2004

    Second-choice candidate 

    Have a favorite candidate? If your first-choice person couldn't win, who would you want second?

    Voters in San Francisco are testing a new system, ranking their first, second and third-place choices for municipal offices. This "ranked-choice voting" system would eliminate separate run-off elections.

    If no candidate secures a majority of first-place votes outright, the results will be retabulated to include the second and third picks until a winner can be declared - a process that could take weeks.

    It's an experiment being watched by election reformers nationwide, since it also could have the less lofty effect of eliminating the "spoiler" label that has dogged third-party candidates since Ralph Nader, the Green Party's presidential candidate four years ago, was accused of snatching victory from Democrat Al Gore in Florida.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 12:29 PM



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