San Diego delays ranking voting

The county’s Registrar of Electors noted that the robustness of the $1.65 million outreach campaign included in that total amount may diminish as [ranked-choice voting] becomes more socialized.

Fat Cat Voting Regime

Proponents of an “instant” voting system that once seemed destined for San Diego’s November ballot ultimately failed to convince the city council of its merits – despite the influence of big money out of town. A city-wide vote on whether to adopt so-called preferential voting. as also known, was delayed until at least 2024 after the board’s rules committee balked at rushing the proposal for a vote in the fall.

The city is currently holding primaries for city council, mayor and city attorney in June, with the top two voters facing each other in November. The so-called instant trickle system is more complicated and controversial. “In general, with [instant-runoff voting], voters rank candidates in order of preference,” says a June 2, 2022 report by the independent city budget analyst. “A candidate can win outright by getting a majority of first-preference votes. If no candidate achieves a majority, the candidate with the fewest first preference votes is eliminated, and voters who selected that candidate as their first choice will have their next choice counted. If there is still no winner, the candidate with the next fewest votes is also eliminated. This process continues with candidates eliminated one by one until one candidate has obtained a majority.

Mark Kersey says instant trickles will help prevent bad campaigns

Among the downsides, according to the report: “The tabulation process when multiple cycles occur will require additional time, perhaps even days or weeks, until results are available.” Additionally, “ballots and ballot counting will be more expensive, due to the need for additional materials”, and “education and outreach will be required to ensure that all voters understand the electoral system. “.

Costs to implement the program are estimated at $3.5 million, according to the analysis, including “$2.8 million in ongoing costs per election for voter education and outreach, ballots additional votes and voter information. The count [Registrar of Voters] noted that the robustness of the $1.65 million awareness campaign included in this total amount may diminish as [ranked-choice voting] becomes more socialized, but expects a high level of awareness to be required for at least eight election cycles.

So why consider such a drastic change? ‘Voters and candidates are fed up with divisive and toxic campaigns,’ ex-councillor Marc Kersey told the Rules Committee, according to an April 20 City News Service report posted online by KPBS. “[Ranked-choice voting] encourages more civility in politics. Because candidates must win second, third, and fourth places in ranked ballot elections, candidates run more positive, issue-oriented campaigns. Lori Thiel of the League of Women Voters told the committee, “Communities that use Alternative Voting see more women and people of color running for office and see more women and people of color elected.”

A campaign finance disclosure covering the first half of this year reveals much of the money behind the proposal comes from out of town, including $50,000 on March 17 from Denver-based Unite America. , Colorado. catherine murdochwoman of James Murdochthe liberal son of conservative Fox News owner Rupert Murdochco-chairs the board of directors and is a major funder of the group.

Jean Palm of San Francisco private equity boutique Hanover Partners had donated a total of $30,000 as of March 28. says Palmer’s online biography. More of the money to drive the effort came from the Independent Voter Project, which provided a total of $60,000 in March and April, and its affiliate Independent Voter PAC, which launched $50,000 on 14 february. This committee, associated with the former Democrat-state senator Steve Peacewas heavily funded by utility giant Sempra Energy, which provided a total of $135,000 in December last year.

Todd Gloria’s Barona Gift Group

Mayor of San Diego Todd Gloria and his deputy chief of staff Nick Serrano ventured beyond the city limits on April 22 to eat free meals worth $57 each provided by the Barona Band of Mission Indians, according to the band’s second quarter lobbying disclosure filed July 29.

Nick Serrano, the lucky recipient of a free lunch – or maybe dinner.

In addition to mayoral Democrats Gloria and Serrano, the tribe spent a total of $2,685 on “activity expenses” for a host of Democratic state lawmakers and legislative hopefuls, with the bulk of the money, $2,049, paying for the unidentified rally attended by the mayor. and his help. The legislative slate at the event included candidates for the Democratic Assembly Georgette Gomez, Christy Holstege, James Colman, Rick Chavez Zburand Corey Jacksonwith the hopes of the Democratic Senate Daniel Hertzberg and Steve PadilleDemocratic Assembly Neighborhood Chrisand State Senate Democrat Scott Weiner.

— Matt Potter (@sdmattpotter)

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