There’s an interesting twist in the RCV/IRV numbers at the DOE that make it look like there are a higher number of exhausted ballots due to the new system. “Falloff,” the term used to describe less votes for down-ticket items in a presidential election, is combined with the “exhausted” tally in the DOE numbers. The “exhausted” total for the first round is just folks who didn’t care to vote for supervisor, just as there was a large falloff in people who voted for John Kerry but not for affordable housing Prop. A. There’s a question of whether some voters looked at the ranked ballot and said “no thanks,” but consultant Jim Ross – who ran two district campaigns – indicated the falloff numbers looked normal. …

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