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Re: “BREAKING NEWS: Instant Runoff Voting Coming to Oakland

The comments above have been generally accurate. Joyce McCloy, however, tries to use data to make a cause and effect argument rather than a coincidence or correlational argument. Rob Ritchie explains the meaning of the data and voila it is NOT cause and effect after all. Minneapolis did have factors that accounted for low turnout, so no one with any understanding of such data can pin that on RCV. As for Don Perata, it is technically correct that he was apparently upfront about his disdain for IRV or RCV and wrote important people on somewhat official looking stationary. His political power may be all that is necessary to effect changes he desires. Holding a press conference or calling for a meeting with proponents of the measure would have been true transparency.
However, Mr. Perata still has some ability to "muddy the waters" of understanding of what RCV is and is not. Some people see his interests as tied to theirs. He is after all, running for Mayor next year. The idea that no education plan exists is simply a "red herring." One need only look at the website of the Alameda Registrar of voters for that information. Therefore it is important to look at what's in it for him when trying to understand his motivation at this point. And as others have already stated, it is in his best interests to run in a June primary and if he doesn't win outright to run again in November. He has the resources to do so. Challengers may not be so lucky. The other point is that turnout in June is notoriously low, always a plus for a well known and well funded candidate.
Debra Bowen has certified the software for 2010. There is no legal justification for delaying the voter's intent. Any more delaying is illegal and a sure sign of political "skullduggery."

Posted by hairspray on 12/07/2009 at 11:05 AM

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