Extreme Vote Makeover: The Role of Ranked Choice Voting in the Oakland City Elections

  •  Ryan Yonk    
  •  Randy Simmons    
  •  Daniel Groberg    


This paper examines the effects that voting systems have on multicandidate elections. Using the ballot data collected from Alameda County, we have taken the votes from the recent mayoral election in Oakland City, CA, and recounted them using preference-base voting standards. After doing so we compared them to the original election outcome. The victor of this election flipped in three of the six counts these ballots underwent. This illustrates the need of the candidates of an election to understand how the differences in voting systems impact their campaign decisions.

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