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Ranked Choice Voting
Oakland residents overwhelmingly voted in 2006 to move from a traditional primary and then general election type of voting, to ranked choice voting – also sometimes called instant runoff voting. The ranked choice voting system saves the city over a million dollars a year by consolidating elections, and ensures that elections are more representative because voter turnout is always higher during general elections. When voting on Oakland races, you may rank your top 3 choices for local seats including city council and school board. The idea is that by allowing voters to rank candidates, we will elect someone who more closely reflects the support of the majority of voters.
Check out resources on Ranked Choice Voting:
- A 1 minute instructional video on how ranked choice voting works from the city of Minneapolis
- History of ranked choice voting in Oakland and FAQs
- Guide to ranked choice voting from FairVote California
- Learn how ranked choice voting impacts women and POC candidates
Find where to vote by clicking below.
Note that you may now live in a “mail-only” precinct. This also means you may be able to return your ballot at multiple locations.