Oscar Night Special: Be an Oscar Voter with IRV
Our good friends at FairVote Minnesota have set up a fun online way to try out instant runoff voting -- so that you too can be like Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Denzel Washington and the rest of the Academy voters who in recent weeks have ranked the ten Oscar-nominated movies in order of choice.
The Oscars' use of instant runoff voting to pick the best picture of 2009 is drawing a lot of attention -- and a lot of praise. Before going to the FairVote Minnesota survey (and remember, voting ends tomorrow, March 6), you might enjoy reading:
* today's USA Today editorial on Oscars' adoption of IRV "strikes a blow for electoral reform"
* a post this week in the New York Times' "Freakonomics" blog (An Economists View of the New Oscar Voting) by Justin Wolfers, an Australian with firsthand experience about IRV who writes that "I love the new system"
* Our board chair Krist Novoselic's blogs on IRV at Oscar Votes 1-2-3.
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