IQ whiz suggests instant runoff voting; Major developments in the UK, Australia and US show the merits of IRV
Parade magazine columnist Marilyn vos Savant spotlighted instant runoff voting (IRV) and the National Popular Vote plan in her September 5th column. Recent global developments underscore why IRV merits such attention. For example:
- The British House of Commons on September 6th cast a key vote to hold a national referendum in May 2011 on adopting IRV. Editorials backing IRV ran in the Guardian and Financial Times newspapers.
- Millions of votes are being cast in IRV elections for the British Labour Party's next leader.
- The New York City Charter Revision Commission’s final report (pp. 69-71) recommended IRV for future consideration, as called for by the city’s former Public Advocate Mark Green.
- NYU constitutional law professor Richard Pildes backed IRV in a Big Think video.
- North Carolina’s Wilmington Star News touted this November’s first statewide general election with IRV as a potential model election and an important step toward switching all elections to IRV.
- Oakland and nearby cities gear up for their first IRV elections for mayor with new county educational resources.
- Australia formed a new Labor-Green government after its recent IRV elections.