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With multiple SF mayoral candidates, how does ranked-choice voting work?

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"I Voted!"

 

Several candidates are on the ballot of this year's San Francisco election. In such a case, how does the city guarantee that someone actually wins the race, when the vote is split so many ways?

 

 

CHRIS HOFF: Let's say nobody wins a majority after round one ... Instead of doing a run off election ... we can resolve the issue right away, thanks to ranked-choice voting.

 

Click the audio play above to hear the full story. This piece originally aired in October 2010.