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Study: San Francisco IRV elections show big improvement in voter turnout

February 4, 2006
Study by Christopher Jerdonek, FairVote’s representative in California

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Abstract
We show that the use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in San Francisco’s
November 2005 election increased voter participation in the decisive round
of the Assessor-Recorder race by an estimated 2.7 times, or 120,000 voters.
Moreover, our analysis shows that six out of twenty-five neighborhoods in
San Francisco experienced an estimated tripling of voter participation or
more due to RCV. In increasing order, these six neighborhoods are Western
Addition (209% increase), Excelsior/Outer Mission, Ingleside, Mission,
Bayview/Hunter’s Point, and Visitation Valley (307% increase, or a
quadrupling of voter turnout).  Interestingly, these neighborhoods are
among the poorest and most racially diverse in San Francisco.

More about the study in the Press: 

Ranked Choice Voting in SF: $3 Million Saved, Turnout Nearly Tripled 
Article in BeyondChron (San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily) by Richard DeLeon, Chris Jerdonek and Steven Hill.  Published: Monday, February 13, 2006.

Ranked voting: Less money, more turnout
Article in The San Francisco Examiner by Rich DeLeon, Chris Jerdonek and Steven Hill
Published: Sunday, February 5, 2006
 

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