It took almost two weeks to count all the votes, but Oakland has a new mayor-elect. And the whole thing has been handled with dignity and class on all sides, and little public acrimony.
That's the way elections are supposed to work. The new mayor doesn't take office until next January. There is plenty of time to prepare, line up staff, and all that. The two extra weeks of careful vote-counting ensured that everyone believes the results, and can live with them.
And that's what democracy is all about.