Judge Smacks Down Challenge to San Francisco's Ranked-Choice Voting

A federal judge has rejected a legal challenge to San Francisco's system of “ranked-choice voting,” in which voters can select their three preferred candidates in a race.

The lawsuit, filed by failed supervisorial candidate Ron Dudum, had asserted that the system was flawed insofar as it did not permit voters to rank every candidate running if they wanted, instead limiting them to three choices. Dudum cited his own 2006 loss to former supervisor Ed Jew — now incarcerated on extortion charges — as evidence that RCV did not work.

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