Friday, November 05, 2010
Preliminary Results for SF Supervisors Ranked Choice Voting
A small scrum of political wonks and advisors were huddled in front of the San Francisco Department of Elections late Friday afternoon waiting for the preliminary results of ranked choice voting with the ballots that have been counted so far. Elections Department Director John Arntz, second from the left, was presiding over the affair and everyone looked terribly excited.
Because we live in a brave new world, the announcement went out at about 4:45 PM that the results were available but they were online, not printed, so everyone whipped out their mobile devices to figure out how their candidates were doing in the various horse races.
You can check out the results too by clicking here. It's a fascinating series of spreadsheets showing who picks up how many seats from which candidate after they are knocked out of the running. The reason the results are preliminary is that there are provisional and absentee ballots dropped off at polling places that still haven't been counted.
The big news was District 2 (the Marina/Pacific Heights) where Mark Farrell changed places with Janet Reilly and is holding onto a tiny lead. Also in the too close to call range is District 10 (Potrero Hill/Bayview/Hunters Point) where Malia Cohen would squeak by Tony Kelly. In District 8 (Castro) Scott Weiner looks solid over Mandelman, as does Jane Kim in District 6 (Tenderloin/SOMA) over Debra Walker.