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Ranked-choice voting repeal hits a snag in Oakland

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

imageAn anti-ranked choice voting group with ties to former state Senator and unsuccessful Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata has abandoned its signature-gathering drive. Instead, it wants the City Council to place ranked-choice voting repeal on the November ballot and has asked City Councilman and longtime Perata ally Ignacio De La Fuente to introduce it, says Robert Gammon at East Bay Express.

Add: But as Gammon notes, that’s problematic since the council appears evenly split on the issue and the tie-breaking vote would be cast by Mayor Jean Quan—who owes her victory over Perata in the last election to ranked-choice voting. (Perata, by the way, has since moved to nearby Orinda, setting off speculation that he may attempt a political comeback in Contra Costa County.)
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