November 8, 2010

County Registrar Violated Agreement with Cities on Ranked Choice Voting

When the Alameda County Registrar of Voters ran the ranked choice algorithm on November 5, 2010, it violated a Memorandum of Understanding it agreed to with the cities of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Leandro.

The agreement clearly states, "Given the nature of RCV voting, the Registrar shall not under any circumstances, provide any RCV election results until all of the ballots have been tallied, including, but not limited to, vote by mail, provisional, and early voting ballots. The Registrar will provide only final election results once all of the ballots have been tallied."

The Registrar ran the ranked choice algorithm on November 5, 2010, with an estimated 15,000 ballots still to be counted. An estimated 2,000 ballots from San Leandro have yet to be counted.

Earlier today, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters issued a press release acknowledging that the counting of ballots for Oakland will not be completed today. ""We still have a relatively small number of provisional ballots that are taking a little longer to process than expected," stated Alameda County Registrar Dave Macdonald.

The press release indicated that updated vote totals would be released this afternoon, but the ranked choice algorithm would not be run tonight. Vote counting is done each day until 10pm, so there is still a chance that updated vote totals will be released later tonight.

The latest vote count on November 5, 2010, prior to the RCV algorithm shows Stephen Cassidy with a 58 vote advantage over Tony Santos in the race for San Leandro Mayor. That lead extends to 281 votes after RCV is implemented.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at November 8, 2010 7:00 PM | TrackBack

This would be SILLY to wait. That would be like not announcing any results in the statewide races like attorney general until all ballots were counted -- and that still hasn't happened.

Posted by: Peter at November 10, 2010 5:32 AM
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