December 4, 2009

Election Looks Set for June 2010

According to the agenda for the December 7, 2009, meeting of the San Leandro City Council, the City Council and Mayoral election looks likely for June 2010 and not November. While the City has been considering ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting or IRV), the date of the next election has been up in the air. IRV would allow for a single election in November but without IRV, the City Council must allow for a runoff election to decide races in which no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

The staff recommendation, which is usually, though not always, adopted by the City Council, is to proceed with the June 2010 election and not to pursue ranked choice voting for the November 2010 election.

However, the staff report notes that, "Delaying the decision until January 2010 will have impacts both on staff workloads and on the candidates and their campaigns. However, the Council can continue the matter to its January 19, 2010 meeting and still meet legal time lines."

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at December 4, 2009 3:31 PM | TrackBack

The staff report is out of date. This report was written in the middle of last week, and says that the voting equipment has not been approved by the Sec. of State. It also says that IRV is not going forward in Oakland and Berkeley. Both of these are untrue. Just this past Friday, Sec of State Debra Bowen gave her approval for the county's voting equipment to be used for IRV. And now Oakland City Council has scheduled a meeting for Jan. 6 to approve the MOU to use IRV. The staff should redraft its report to bring it up-to-date. Until that time, the city council should not make any decisions based on this out-of-date staff report.

Posted by: Lucy Colvin at December 6, 2009 4:25 PM
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