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- Posted: June 17, 2011
- Author(s): Lesley Delaney Hawkins, Rob Richie
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting in Bay Area Elections, Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting, Home
On May 20th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a lower federal court ruling rejecting a legal challenge to the City of San Francisco's use of ranked choice voting (RCV, also known as instant runoff voting, or IRV). The three-judge panel emphatically dismissed the plaintiffs' arguments, including a particularly clear rejection of the claim that RCV violates the principles of one-person, one-vote or equal protection under the law.