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Statement from Cat Brooks for Oakland Mayor Campaign: Every Vote Matters
by Cat Brooks for Oakland
Thursday Nov 8th, 2018 11:56 AM
We are thankful for the thousands of Oaklanders for their faith in the People’s Campaign. Today we learned that there are still approximately 209,943 Vote By Mail (VBM) ballots outstanding county-wide along with 43,090 provisional and 1,827 conditional ballots.
The number of provisional ballots is particularly egregious, in part because apparently, Alameda County Elections mailed VBMs to voters who did not request these ballots. It is critical that we ensure that every vote in Alameda County is counted.

The fact is, the media did a disservice to the democratic process by prematurely calling this race and others on the basis of a small fraction of the early votes. As is clear from the County map, these early voters were from overwhelmingly white and affluent parts of the city and are not representative of the demographics of ALL of Oakland.

Regardless of the eventual outcome, our campaign is committed to ensuring every voice and vote counts and is heard. We will do our due diligence on behalf of all Oaklanders to ensure this process is transparent and accountable to our City. Since the first report of results that ran on television on election night, the numbers have already shifted dramatically, and as more votes continue to be counted it is very possible that the less than 50% threshold will trigger the RCV process.

As California’s voters continue to shift towards VBM ballots, which take longer to process, it is critical that the county registrars and media work together to announce results in a fair and consistent process without jumping to conclusions that more often than not, create a narrative that disenfranchises black and brown voices.

Every Vote Matters.