DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 1

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  112.0  (63.3%)  Elected
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  25.0  (14.1%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  11.0  (6.2%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  11.0  (6.2%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  7.0  (4.0%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  5.0  (2.8%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  4.0  (2.3%)   
Patty Berg, Incumbent (Democratic)   Chart color  1.0  (0.6%)   
Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)   Chart color  1.0  (0.6%)   
Pie chart

In the first round, the first choices on each ballot are tallied.
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 2

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  30.8  (17.4%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  20.2  (11.4%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  37.7  (21.3%)  Elected
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  13.7  (7.7%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  18.3  (10.4%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.0  (5.1%)   
Patty Berg, Incumbent (Democratic)   Chart color  1.0  (0.6%)   
Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)   Chart color  1.8  (1.0%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  6.7  (3.8%)   
Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)   Chart color  8.3  (4.7%)   
Pie chart

Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 3

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  30.8  (17.4%)  Elected
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  20.2  (11.4%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  13.9  (7.9%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  18.3  (10.4%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.5  (5.4%)   
Patty Berg, Incumbent (Democratic)   Chart color  1.0  (0.6%)   
Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)   Chart color  1.8  (1.0%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  14.1  (7.9%)   
Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)   Chart color  8.3  (4.7%)   
Pie chart

Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















  

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 4

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  20.5  (11.6%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  13.9  (7.9%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  18.3  (10.4%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.5  (5.4%)   
Patty Berg, Incumbent (Democratic)   Chart color  1.0  (0.6%)   
Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)   Chart color  2.2  (1.2%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  14.4  (8.1%)   
Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)   Chart color  8.3  (4.7%)   
Jared Huffman, Environmental Attorney (Democratic)   Chart color  0.3  (0.2%)  Defeated
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Jared Huffman, Environmental Attorney (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 5

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  20.5  (11.6%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  13.9  (7.9%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  18.3  (10.4%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.5  (5.4%)   
Patty Berg, Incumbent (Democratic)   Chart color  1.0  (0.6%)  Defeated
Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)   Chart color  2.5  (1.4%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  14.4  (8.1%)   
Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)   Chart color  8.3  (4.7%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Patty Berg, Incumbent (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 6

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  21.5  (12.1%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  13.9  (7.9%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  18.3  (10.4%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.5  (5.4%)   
Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)   Chart color  2.5  (1.4%)  Defeated
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  14.4  (8.1%)   
Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)   Chart color  8.3  (4.7%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Lois Wolk, Assemblywoman/Teacher (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 7

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  23.0  (13.0%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  13.9  (7.9%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  18.3  (10.4%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.5  (5.4%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  15.4  (8.7%)   
Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)   Chart color  8.3  (4.7%)  Defeated
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Doug La Malfa, State Assemblyman/Farmer (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 8

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  23.0  (13.0%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  18.9  (10.7%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  19.2  (10.8%)   
Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)   Chart color  9.5  (5.4%)  Defeated
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  17.9  (10.1%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Ray Tyrone, Small Businessman (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 9

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  23.0  (13.0%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)   Chart color  20.8  (11.8%)  Defeated
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  22.1  (12.5%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  22.6  (12.8%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Michael Hartnett, Physician (Republican)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 10

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  27.2  (15.3%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  31.8  (18.0%)  Elected
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Pie chart

John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 11

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)   Chart color  28.8  (16.3%)  Defeated
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  29.5  (16.7%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  30.2  (17.0%)   
Pie chart

No candidate has the number of votes needed to guarantee victory (16.7%), so the last-place candidate (Melvin Smith, Businessman (Democratic)) is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are counted toward their next highest ranking.

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 12

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  44.7  (26.9%)  Elected
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  29.5  (17.8%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  30.5  (18.4%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  31.2  (18.8%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  30.2  (18.2%)   
None of these  Chart color  11.0  (6.6%)   
Pie chart

Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 13

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  30.8  (18.6%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  32.9  (19.8%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  33.1  (19.9%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  36.0  (21.7%)  Elected
None of these  Chart color  11.0  (6.6%)   
Pie chart

Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 14

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  30.8  (18.6%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  35.6  (21.4%)  Elected
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
None of these  Chart color  11.0  (6.6%)   
Pie chart

John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 15

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)  Elected
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)   
None of these  Chart color  11.0  (6.6%)   
Pie chart

Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian) has enough votes to guarantee victory (16.7%) and is declared a winner.To ensure that everyone's vote counts equally, votes that exceed that threshold are counted toward their next highest ranking (this is actually done by counting a fraction of ballots cast for the winning candidate).

Go to the next round.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Round 16

Legend
Candidate Votes Status
Phil Dynan, Communications Consultant (Peace and Freedom)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)  Elected
Cat Woods, Community Volunteer (Green)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)  Elected
Richard Olmstead, Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)  Elected
John Gould, Tax Consultant/Realtor (Republican)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)  Elected
Thomas Reed, Small Business Owner (Libertarian)   Chart color  33.2  (20.0%)  Elected
None of these  Chart color  11.0  (6.6%)   
Pie chart

At this point, the number of remaining candidates equals the number of remaining seats, so the remaining candidates are declared elected.

In the end, 93.8% of all cast ballots counted toward a winner. This compares to 93.8% if only the first-round votes were used. You should be able to see that the winners have a more equal mandate in the final round than in the first round.

Note that even the "highest first-round votes" method is more democratic than most methods used in US public elections: the "vote for 5" method, which allows the largest block of voters to dominate, and the district method, where choices are restricted to the one or two viable candidates within geographical boundaries drawn by the politicians in office.

Also, view the Ballot Depth info to see how much lower rankings contributed to the tally.
















 

DemoChoice Web Poll: Assembly members from Northern California (District 1)

5 candidates will be elected with 177 ballots cast.


Ballot Depth

This shows how much the lower rankings on ballots contributed to the winning candidates.

Rank Fraction of votes for winners
1st    44.3% 
2nd    30.0% 
3rd    11.7% 
4th    9.0% 
5th    1.3% 
6th    0.8% 
7th    2.2% 
8th    0.6% 
Pie chart