Where Did Oakland's Runoff Go? 

Reforms designed to make Oakland elections more democratic may actually end up doing just the opposite.

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Kelly believes it will take top Oakland and Berkeley politicians to pressure Alameda County into pushing Diebold to move more quickly. But that seems unlikely in Oakland. Although Kernighan said if elected she will push for ranked-choice voting, it will take more than just her and Nadel. Plus the price tag for reprogramming likely will be high -- it cost $1.6 million in San Francisco, which has a different voting-machine supplier. Also, just three of eighteen cities in Alameda County have embraced ranked-choice voting to date. Elaine Gennold of the Alameda County Registrar of Voters said these cities likely will not see ranked-choice voting until 2008. It will take that long, she said, for Diebold to reprogram its machines and pass state and federal certification requirements. "I think 2006 will be too soon."

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