Instant Runoff: Key Tests and Elections in November 2010

This fall marks a key season for instant runoff voting, the ranked choice voting method that accommodates more voter choice in elections. IRV will be used for the first time in elections in three California cities, including Oakland and San Leandro in  hotly contested races for mayor,and to elect several judges in North Carolina. After recommendations by charter commissions, it's on the ballot in Maine's largest city (Portland) and Tennessee's largest county (Shelby).

Overseas, Australia holds national IRV elections on August 21 and the United Kingdom is moving to a national referendum next year to adopt it.

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