May 2012

Defend Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), Defend Your Vote!

In 2006, 69% of Oakland voters adopted Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV). We first got to see RCV in action during the 2010 election. It was instrumental in the outcome of the mayoral election by allowing residents to vote their conscious and to disrupt the coronation of the Big Money candidate for the first time in the city’s history. We also saw a huge surge in turnout of low-income voters and voters of color who make up the majority of Oakland residents.

But now, Ranked-Choice Voting is under attack. And that is an attack on democracy and on the participation of voters of color.

Oakland Councilman Ignacio De La Fuente, a longtime close friend and ally of failed mayoral candidate, Don Perata’s, will ask the city council to put the proposed repeal of ranked choice voting on the November ballot. Even though most believe he doesn’t have the votes from his fellow council members to put the repeal on the ballot, we are outraged at this attack on democracy.

We are both born and bred Oakland natives working to empower and mobilize residents throughout our city to stand up and take charge of the issues impacting our lives. Ranked Choice Voting is one piece of that. Stand up for it now. Read more »

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