Apparently only 8% of voters selected Lee as their first ranked or 2nd or 3rd, but that was enough for big-money-backed candidate Ed Lee to win, even though he had never run for office.
E-voting companies can really go to town using ranked choice voting.
How Ranked-Choice Voting Silenced 31,500 Voters
The Bay Citizen’s analysis of SF’s mayoral election reveals limits of the voting systemBy SHANE SHIFFLETT on November 23, 2011 – 5:15 p.m. PST
Sixteen percent of San Francisco voters who filled out their ballots correctly and completely — more than 31,500 people — did not have a say in the final outcome of the city’s mayoral race, according to The Bay Citizen’s analysis of election results.
Their ballots were discarded or exhausted, because they did not list either Ed Lee, the eventual winner, or runner-up John Avalos as one of their top three candidates. Unlike other cities, San Francisco does not allow voters to rank all the candidates on the ballot.
The analysis renews questions about the fairness of the city’s ranked-choice voting system at a time when supervisors are considering repealing it.