Oakland, California municipal elections, 2014

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The city of Oakland, California will hold elections for mayor and city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was August 8, 2014 (if an incumbent did not file, the deadline was extended to August 13, 2014).[1] Three of the eight city council seats are up for election.


Public safety, racial and economic inequality, transportation and how to capitalize on the city's booming economy quickly emerged as hot button issues in Oakland's 2014 mayoral race.[2] But one of the most defining features of the race from early on was ranked-choice voting, which some have suspected might account for the large number - fifteen all together - of mayoral candidates.[3] Ranked-choice voting - sometimes referred to as "instant-runoff voting - allows voters to select up to three candidates on the ballot and to rank them from one to three. After the polls have closed, if a single candidate has received a majority of first place votes, then that candidate is declared the winner. If no candidate receives a majority of first place votes, this triggers an elimination process. In the elimination process, the candidate with the fewest amount of first place votes is removed. Then, the first place votes cast for that candidate will be transferred to the next-ranked candidate. This process continues until a candidate holds a majority.[4] Ranked-choice voting has been in place in Oakland since 2010, and many believe that it creates conditions that are less conducive to highly favored candidates than other voting systems. Current incumbent Jean Quan, for example, defeated Don Perata in 2010 largely due to the idiosyncrasies of ranked-choice voting.[3] Ranked-choice voting, however, is not the only reason for the Oakland's crowded mayoral race. Quan has also faced low approval rates throughout her first term, even prompting a request by the staff of the Oakland Tribune for her to consider not running for a second term.[5] Consequently, Quan's challengers have viewed her as vulnerable.[6]

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