San Francisco Election, June 5th 2018
Pledge to Rank Your Vote on June 5th
Yes, I will rank my mayoral candidates!
With the sudden passing of Mayor Edwin Lee on Dec. 12, voters in San Francisco will be choosing a new mayor in a special election on June 5, 2018. The winner will be chosen in a ranked choice voting election, otherwise known as an “instant runoff,” unlike most California vacancies that require two rounds of voting and take far longer to fill.
How it works
Ranked choice voting allows voters to rank as many candidates as they want in order of choice--first, second, third, and so on. All first choices are counted, and if a candidate has a majority, then they win, just like any other election. However if nobody has a majority, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and those voters have their ballot instantly count for their next choice. This process continues until a candidate receives a majority of votes and is declared the winner.
Calendar of Important Dates
- May 21 - Last day for voter registration
- May 7 - Early Voting and Vote by Mail starts.
- Jan 2018 - City Council vote unanimously to place the RCV measure on the June ballot
- June 2018 - Election Day