Ranked-choice voting is rank. This exotic electoral experiment utterly failed to fulfill the most fundamental purpose of a democracy — majority rule. The effort to prevent costly runoffs produced the unintended consequence of disenfranchising tens of thousands of local voters — and discouraging even more from participating in the complex process. A very small number of San Franciscans ended up electing our municipal officials and deciding important measures in November’s election.
Whether you are liberal, progressive, moderate or conservative, you should be alarmed at the loss of majority rule. This is the most time-honored principle of Western civilization, going back to the Greeks and Romans, and is the rock upon which our own republic was founded when the rest of the world was ruled by monarchs.
Majority rule is also very practical. When a majority is for something, you may not like it, but the matter is settled and you move forward.
When a minority of people elects a leader, that leader is easily challenged, and the political system is kept in turmoil. It opens the door to recall elections and constant challenges at City Hall. Consider this:
Two San Francisco supervisors are readying legislation to end ranked-choice. We encourage this return to electoral sanity. A return to majority rule is something a majority of us can surely agree on.
Marc Intermaggio is executive vice president of BOMA, San Francisco’s Building Owners and Managers Association.