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Posted on: November 3, 2021

City Announces Update Regarding Results of At-Large Council Race

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The City of Portland is updating the media and the public regarding the outcome of the At-Large City Council race. After working through the process for tabulating ranked choice ballots outlined in the City’s Charter with the assistance of Election Systems & Software (ES&S), the unofficial results indicate a numeric tie between candidates Brandon Mazer and Roberto Rodriguez.  

Because none of the four candidates received more than 50% of the vote, ES&S conducted a ranked-choice voting runoff in accordance with the City’s rules to determine a winner. The runoff, which was confirmed and reconfirmed by ES&S, resulted in a tie, with both candidates receiving 8,529 votes each.  

Under the City’s Charter and the rules adopted for how to administer ranked-choice voting, in the case of a tie, “the City Clerk shall determine the winner in public by lot” (a method of making a decision or selection by choosing something, often slips of paper, at random). The City’s rules were adopted in 2011 in conjunction with the Charter amendments adopting ranked-choice voting, among other things. 

The two candidates were informed of the tie result, and the method in which the rules provide for determining a winner. The City Clerk will conduct the public drawing by lot tomorrow, Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM on the Ganley Plaza out front of City Hall. 

The City released the unofficial election results around 1:00 AM on November 3. They can be viewed here

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