Kriss Worthington

On election night last Tuesday, only one of the Berkeley local races was technically undecided. In District 7, incumbent Kriss Worthington has captured 49.69% of the vote, just short of the required 50%. So it was clear that, barring a total sweep of second-choice votes by rival George Beier, Worthington would be reelected.

That result is now confirmed, although the final, official tally is yet to be certified. If you’re interested in how ranked-choice voting works in practice, the District 7 race is all Berkeleyans have to go on.

In the second round (the first round was the vote on Tuesday), Worthington received an additional two votes from people who had put a write-in candidate as first choice, and Ces Rosales, in third place on first-choice ballots, also received two write-in votes. So Worthington inched up to 49.77%.

In the third round,  the 457 voters who had chosen Rosales were redistributed based on their second choice (and in the case of the two write-in ballots, third choice) candidate. Worthington received 224 of those votes, Beier 184 and 49 did not indicate a choice. That redistribution brought Worthington to 57.66% of the vote, against Beier’s 42.34%.

After three rounds of voting, Worthington passed the 50% plus one vote threshold, and will again take his seat on the City Council.

Lance Knobel (Berkeleyside co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine...