Since 2004, San Francisco has used a ranked-choice voting system to elect major city-wide offices, including the Mayor and District Supervisors. This year, instead of ranking up to 3 candidates in order of preference, voters can rank all candidates up to a maximum of 10.
The San Francisco Elections Department has published the following FAQs on ranked choice voting.
Do I need to rank all candidates?
No. You may rank as many candidates as you like up to a maximum of 10 candidates. If you do not want to rank some candidates, leave columns blank.
If I rank other candidates, does it affect my first choice?
No. Ranking other candidates does not affect your first choice. Only your first choice is counted in Round 1. Your second, third, fourth, and other choices will be considered only if your first-choice candidate does not win.
Under what circumstances can my first choice be eliminated?
If no candidate receives more than 50% of first-choice votes, the last-place candidate is eliminated. If your first choice is eliminated, your next choice will be counted, and so on. The process of elimination continues until there is a winner.
If I really want my first-choice candidate to win, should I rank the candidate as my first, second, and third choice, and so on?
No. Your vote can count only once for your first choice. If you rank the same candidate first, second, and third, it is the same as leaving the second and third choices blank.
Can I give multiple candidates the same ranking?
No. If you give multiple candidates the same ranking, this is called an “over-vote”. Your vote in that rank and later ranks cannot be counted.
What if I have more questions?
Call the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or email SFVote@sfgov.org. The website is at www.sfelections.org.
Of course, Emily seeks your #1 VOTE.
For ranked choice purposes, Emily supports the following candidates.*
*Candidates are listed in alphabetical order; there is no order of preference.
Please consider these candidates carefully before you cast a #2 or later choice.
You are not required to vote for a #2 or later choice.