VIDEO: Confused about ranked-choice voting? Here's how it works

ByJuan Carlos Guerrero via KGO logo
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
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Those second and third choice selections in ranked-choice voting could become really important in an election.

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Ranked-choice voting has been around for several elections cycles, yet many voters are still confused about how it works. It's really as easy as 1-2-3 as the video above explains.

In a ranked-choice ballot, voters pick their preferred candidate. But unlike regular ballots, in this system, voters also pick their second and third choice candidates. Those picks are important if no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote during the initial counting.

Jean Quan was elected mayor of Oakland even though she did not have the majority of first place votes. That's because when second and third choices were counted, she came out ahead.

STILL CONFUSED? No problem. Here's a more in-depth explanation by Kristen Sze

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