Ranked Choice Voting will be used in the November 6, 2012 General Municipal Election to elect the City Councilmembers for Districts 2, 4 and 6. Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank a first, second and third choice candidate for a single office. This makes it possible to elect Councilmembers by majority vote, without the need for a separate runoff election. Raked Choice Voting was used in November 2010 to elect the Mayor and Councilmembers for Districts 1, 3 and 5.
San Leandro's City Charter requires a successful candidate to receive 50 percent plus one votes in order to be elected. In the previous City election, the general municipal election was held in June, and if no candidate received more than 50 percent plus one of the votes cast for the office, a runoff election was held in November between the two highest vote-getters for that office. Using Ranked Choice Voting, San Leandro voters will only have to vote once - in November - for City Council Districts.
Ranked Choice Voting is only used for the Mayor and City Council races, and does not affect the election of County, State, federal or special district officials, or the approval or rejection of ballot measures.
For more information, visit the Registrar of Voters (ROV) website:
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