As you may have heard in the past few days, in our local city council district 23 primary, Linda Lee has emerged as the winner of the Democratic primary and will face James Reilly, winner of the Republican primary. However, you may not have seen the details of the voting rounds.
As of July 6th, Linda Lee had 7,170 votes (54.5% of the active ballots) and Jaslin Kaur had 5,991 votes (45.5%), for a difference of 1179 votes. Note that 3,361 voters, representing 20.3% of all voters, chose not to list Lee and Kaur as a choice. If those voters had a reason for vote for either candidate, they could have influenced the outcome of the election.
|Candidate||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Round 5|
|Sanjeev Kumar Jindal||10.8%||10.8%||12.5%||–||–|
|Koshy O. Thomas||4.8%||4.8%||–||–||–|
|Harpreet S. Toor||4.2%||4.2%||–||–||–|
In case you are wondering, if one uses Round 5 voting as a proxy for a runoff that would have occurred under the old primary system, Lee would have won with 43.4% of all voters.