Instant Runoff Voting
Upholding the principle of majority rule and accommodating genuine voter choice are marks of a well-functioning democracy. That's why we encourage understanding, adoption and effective implementation of instant runoff voting, a ranked choice voting system used in a growing number of American elections.
February 13, 2013
Whenever a race for governor has more than two candidates, more than half the voters can strongly oppose the "winner" in a traditional plurality system. To eliminate "spoilers" and embrace voter choice, a growing number of cities and colleges are moving to the instant runoff form of ranked choice voting (RCV). It's used to pick the Best Picture Oscar and is now under serious consideration for statewide elections.
IRV IN ACTION IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
Instant runoff voting (known locally as ranked choice voting) is currently used in several cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco held its first ranked choice voting elections in 2004. Oakland and San Leandro used ranked choice voting to conduct mayoral elections in 2010, with the Oakland mayoral race receiving extensive coverage in national media. Berkeley also used ranked choice voting in 2010 to elect several citywide positions.
With new Bay Area elections around the corner, IRV is again receiving attention in the press. Visit this page for the latest commentary, analysis and media coverage on ranked choice voting in Bay Area elections.
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May 15, 2013
Today is the last day to show your support for ranked choice voting and FairVote Minnesota in the Looking@Democracy contest. Vote now!
December 20, 2012
President Barack Obama has a lot on his mind these days, but the state of our democracy remains critical. Fortunately, judging by Obama's record in the Illinois Senate --where he was the prime sponsor of legislation to advance cumulative voting and instant runoff voting - we haven't had a president as informed about good ideas for taking on electoral reform since James Madison and the founding generation.