Preston Jordan 
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Re: “Oaklanders Understood Ranked Choice Voting

@Hobart Johnson If Schaaf and Kaplan had gone head to head in a separate runoff, and Schaaf had won with 63% of the vote, everyone would consider it a landslide. That is just the same as what RCV does though.

As for trying to make RCV responsible for low turnout, even a casual familiarity with turnout data shows that is not the case. There is no correlation between RCV and low turnout. Actually, quite the opposite. A smaller percentage of voters that go to the polls skip RCV than non-RCV races.

I can't figure out why the political class does not like RCV. Brown's statement can't be taken at face value because he is a smart guy. He must have had some political purpose in making it. One idea that crosses my mind is that it might be a gender issue. Politics is generally dominated by men, particularly moving up through the levels of government. Men tend to like the mano a mano combat of traditional election methods (the "fight" part of "fight or flight"). RCV creates a more multi-polar situation that women might find easier to deal with and navigate successfully ("tend and befriend" as women's stress response first described

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Posted by Preston Jordan on 11/19/2014 at 12:56 PM

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