The one thing that makes perfect sense about ranked-choice voting is that nobody seems to understand it.
And a new poll validated this notion recently. According to a Chamber of Commerce poll, more than half of those who responded indicated that they don't understand if or how their vote counts; in other words they don't get it.
"It's clear that San Francisco voters understand ranked-choice voting
about as well as they understand quantum physics," said Nathan Ballard, a
Democratic strategist tells the Chronicle.
And how will that play out as we head into the crowded mayoral race, with at least eight serious contenders?
Your least favorite candidate can be crowned mayor, that's how.
Yet Steven Hill, a consultant who helped draft ranked-choice voting
systems for San Francisco and Oakland, argued that you don't really need to understand ranked-choice voting to make the system work.
"Most people don't understand how your car works, or how your computer works or how your phone works," Hill said. "But they know how to use it, and they're comfortable with it."
Well, that actually does make sense.