Professor McDaniel's Research on Ranked-choice Voting Cited in Minnesota

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE -- Just last week, the Jacobs-Miller findings were validated in yet another academic study done by Professor Jason McDaniel of San Francisco State University, according to a report on the school’s website. McDaniel’s analysis, recently published in the Journal of Urban Affairs, studied racial group voter-turnout rates in five San Francisco mayoral elections from 1995 to 2011. The 2007 and 2011 elections used RCV ballots; the 1995 – 2003 elections used the traditional two-round, primary runoff system. The analysis revealed a significant relationship between RCV and decreased turnout among black and white voters, younger voters and voters who lacked a high school education. The report found that RCV did not have a significant impact on more experienced voters, who had the highest levels of education and interest in the political process.