This is a real life twilight zone scenario of an election reform's unintended results. Thanks to Instant Runoff Voting, the worst possible candidate won this Supervisor's election in San Francisco. Is this a peak into the future for Cary North Carolina, who is "experimenting" with IRV this October? Beware of "election reforms" and "experiments" that may help elect a party switching carpet bagger who next faces FBI charges for accepting kick-backs.
Very interesting... San Francisco's recent Supervisor's election shows how an old fashioned traditional runoff election would have been superior to "high-falutin'" instant runoff or IRV. The city of Cary, North Carolina will be experimenting with IRV in their October municipal election.
John Diaz, reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle asks:
Now, how did this guy get elected? June 10, 2007
...So, how did it come to pass that the city's newest supervisor, Ed Jew,apparently did not even live in the Sunset District and was the choice of just 5,125 (or 26.2 percent) of voters? And the FBI is looking into what this "citizen politician"
was doing with $40,000 in cash from tapioca-shop owners who had sought his help with city permits.
It turns out that both of the voter-installed "reforms" -- district elections, instant-runoff voting -- helped make it possible for the flower-shop operator, who once served as vice chairman of the local Republican Party, to get elected in San Francisco on a "grassroots" campaign.
...Dudum led after two rounds, but lacked a majority. Jew ultimately prevailed in the fourth round.
So here we have a winning candidate, Ed Jew - who 73.8 percent of the voters in District 4 did NOT vote for, who had recently switched parties from Republican to Democrat, and did not even live in the district he was running in.
Because of San Francisco's Instant Runoff Voting system, voters didn't get the chance to compare
Ed Jew to Ron Dudum, a lifelong Democrat and actual resident who was trailing by just 53 votes.
The city went through 4 rounds before this "winner" prevailed.
For the record, very few Cary voters may even know that they are expected to rank their municipal candidates this October. The City Council chose not to have a public hearing on the matter.