Posted by Susana Segat on Nov 9, 2011.

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The Fate of Those #1's

(Election Commissioners studying a ballot at the Cambridge Senior Center on November 9, 2011 - Photo by S Segat)

Throughout the last few months, candidates for the office of City Council and School Committee have been searching the city for those elusive #1 votes.

Voters familiar with Proportional Representation understand that having the ability to rank candidates at the ballot box is critically important. Your #1 vote matters.

N.B. The numbers listed below are currently updated from the original article. All numbers in this entire article are the unofficial results from the completion of the election count on the evening of November 9, 2011. "Write-in and auxiliary ballots are included in the results: provisional and overseas absentee ballots are not included... No results are final, and no candidate can be declared elected until all ballots have been counted on November 18 and the Election Commission announces the official results." For more information, please go to www.cambridgema.gov.

CITY COUNCIL ELECTION

15,842 valid ballots were cast. Here is where the #1 votes went in the City Council election of 11/8/11:

Cheung, Leland 2017
Toomey Tim 1705
Maher, David 1685
Davis, Henrietta 1436
Simmons, Denise 1265
Decker, Marjorie 1123
Kelley, Craig 1098
vanBeuzekom, Minka 1038
Reeves, Ken 1013
Ward, Larry 834
Seidel, Sam 788
Nelson, Matt 542
Marquardt, Charles 501
Stohlman, Tom 344
Williamson, James 175
Mello, Gary 135
Pascual, Jamake 63
Moree, Gregg 56
write-ins 24

Once those #1 votes were counted, the PR minuet began and we ended up with the 9 top candidates. This is where giving someone your #2 and #3 vote matters.

These candidates were the first to reach the quota of 1,585 votes, therefore being declared ELECTED:

Cheung
Toomey
Maher
Davis
Simmons
Kelley
Decker
vanBeuzekom
Reeves

SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELECTION

15,287 valid ballots were cast. Here is where the #1 votes went in the School Committee election of 11/8/11:

Fantini, Fred 2371
Nolan, Patty 2126
Turkel, Alice 2111
Osborne, Mervan 2065
Harding, Richard 1850
McGovern, Marc 1771
Tauber, Nancy 1490
Gerber, Joyce 434
Holland, John 388
Forster, Bill 330
Stead, Charles 293
write-ins 61

Once those #1 votes were counted, the PR minuet began and we ended up with the 6 top candidates. This is where giving someone your #2 and #3 vote matters.

These candidates were the first to reach the quota of 2,184 votes, therefore being declared ELECTED:

Fantini
Nolan
Turkel
Osborne
Harding
McGovern

All of the candidates had great stamina and commitment and are to be congratulated for their efforts. Best of luck to the newly-elected officials.