Latest Oakland IRV Updates
- MEASURE O WINS!!
THANK YOU to the 68.6% of Oakland voters (64,093 votes, more than for any other
municipal candidate or measure in 2006) who voted YES on Measure O. We look
forward to working with the community to make sure that people are educated about
how instant runoff voting (IRV) works and its many benefits for Oakland.
- Listen to a 60-second radio
spot urging YES on O by City Attorney John Russo.
- Read the
Oakland Tribune's endorsement of Instant Runoff
- ¡GRACIAS PARA VOTAR Sí en O! Mira
en Español. Chinese:
Instant Runoff Voting in the City of Oakland
Instant Runoff Voting or IRV can make Oakland's
elections less expensive, faster and more fair.
Despite these benefits, IRV is simple to use
and not a big change to make. We'd like Oakland
to adopt IRV for all its elections. LEARN MORE »
Voting with IRV is Easy
IRV is simple: Voters rank candidates on their
ballots. If one candidate receives a majority
of the vote, he or she is elected as usual.
In a close race though, voters' second or third
choices are used to "instantly" decide
the winner — just like a normal runoff
but without the delay or cost of a second election.
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IRV Saves Oakland Money
When no candidate wins with a majority, Oakland
must hold a runoff. IRV eliminates these very
costly second elections, saving up to half a million
dollars for each citywide runoff avoided.
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IRV Makes Your Vote Count
With IRV, there are no "spoilers"
— voters are free to choose as they wish
without concern for strategizing or supporting
only "electable" candidates. IRV is
especially critical for Oakland's special elections:
Politicians have been elected with as little
as 28% of the vote under today's rules. IRV
ensures that every election has a winner chosen
by a majority of voters. IRV would also increase voter turnout by 60 percent.LEARN MORE »
The Path to IRV
IRV in Oakland will need to be approved by
the people as an amendment to the city charter.
The first step in this was to put IRV on the
ballot, and we've accomplished that. Now Measure
O is on the November 2006 ballot, and we're
campaigning to pass it. Find out how you can
help win IRV for Oakland: GET STARTED »