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Sunday, November 28, 2010

On the perils of 'Instant runoff' voting / A blindfold and a dartboard

SFGate: "'I asked city officials, academics, writers ... none of them understood it,' said Reid, editor and an author of the 1994 book 'Sex, Death and God in L.A.'

'Don Perata certainly didn't,' Reid added.

Perata's defeat by Jean Quan in the Oakland mayoral race was merely the highest-profile oddity in the ranked-choice results from the Nov. 2 elections in Alameda County and San Francisco. Perata was the first choice of 33.7 percent of Oakland voters, far ahead of Quan's 24.4 percent."

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