Cost of Runoff Elections in the Bay Area

Posted by Pedro Hernandez, Jr. on November 21, 2017

How much could your city be saving with Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)?

Bay Area cities are saving tens of thousands to millions of dollars by avoiding runoff elections. A runoff for a district supervisor used to cost the City and County of San Francisco $340,000 while a December mayoral election used to cost the city $3.7 million. Today, San Francisco has translated these costs into savings. 

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Other Bay Area cities are benefiting from RCV. Berkeley avoids paying $759,000 and Oakland avoids paying $140,000 for every city-wide runoff they don't have. Oakland's election is cheaper because it overlapped with the June primary election, whereas Berkeley held separate February municipal runoff elections.

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For more information, check out the summary here.


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