In June 2018, the voters in the city of Santa Clara, California will have an opportunity to adopt ranked-choice voting for election of their mayor and city council, with the city council to be elected from two districts containing three seats each. The city currently uses a 'numbered seats' method, where a candidate runs for a specific seat on the council, and all voters in the city vote for a candidate for each seat. Elections for the seats are staggered so that only some seats are filled in a given year, with the rest filled in an election two years later. The proposed district elections would be similarly staggered. The proposed district boundary mostly follows El Camino Real. If the voters do not adopt ranked-choice voting, the city is likely to be forced to adopt single-member district plurality elections by a pending California Voting Rights Act lawsuit.
Here, you can cast a vote in example elections to get a rough idea of what ranked-choice voting would look like in Santa Clara. The examples use the candidates from the 2014 and 2016 elections, where district 1 includes candidates for seats 2, 3, and 6, and district 2 includes candidates for seats 4, 5, and 7. (These were chosen to avoid having candidates running in both districts, and do not consider district geography.) The mayor occupies seat 1. The example candidates for mayor include those for the 2014 election plus the current appointed mayor.
Because we have no way to guarantee an accurate sampling of voters, it's not safe to assume that the winners shown here would win in a real election; these results are here mostly for entertainment. But it is likely to be a good measure of how many voters win with ranked choice voting.
|Santa Clara City Council, District 1, June 2018|
|Santa Clara City Council, District 2, June 2018|
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