Monday, April 30, 2012

Breaking: Oakland City Attorney Says Ranked-Choice Voting Must Be Used in Recall — If There Is One

By Robert Gammon
Mon, Apr 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The Oakland City Attorney's Office released a long-awaited opinion today, saying that ranked-choice voting must be used to select a successor to Mayor Jean Quan if there is a recall election. The opinion represents another setback for Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, who plans to run for mayor if there is a recall, but is a staunch opponent of ranked-choice voting.

City Attorney Barbara Parker
  • City Attorney Barbara Parker
In the opinion, the office of City Attorney Barbara Parker states that the city charter makes it clear that ranked-choice voting must be used in all elections involving the mayor, the council, the city attorney, and the city auditor. The only exception is the recall election itself. In that case, city law defers to state rules that say an elected official will be removed from office if a majority of voters cast ballots in favor of the recall.

However, that now seems unlikely. A recent poll commissioned by Oakland political consultant Larry Tramutola showed that a majority of city voters do not want to recall Quan, the Chron reported today.

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