The first weeks of September saw even more progress for instant runoff voting.
- In San Francisco, a federal judge issued a summary judgment rejecting a well-financed legal challenge to the city's landmark IRV system.
- Controversies swirling around “fake” third-party candidates in a number of states prompted MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to take a hard look at the “spoiler effect” of candidates placed on the ballot to siphon votes from major parties. Watch her explain the solution: Implement instant runoff voting. See Chris Marchsteiner’s related FairVote blog.
- North Carolina continued preparations for the first statewide instant runoff voting election in history with a new voter guide and ballot design.
- Activists are gearing up for ballot measures to win IRV in places like Portland (ME), Shelby County (TN) and Fort Collins (CO).