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With nominations for the 2010 Academy Awards announced on January 25, Academy voters will soon begin sending in their final ballots for tabulation. Journalists covering the awards should be aware of the use of Instant Runoff Voting (also called “preferential voting”) to select the winner of the Best Picture category.
- Posted: February 2, 2011
- Author(s): Fairvote Intern Team
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting, Home, FairVote
- Posted: December 21, 2010
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting
In an election that saw the first-ever use of instant runoff voting (IRV) in a statewide election in North Carolina, Doug McCullough has defeated Cressie Thigpen for a seat on the NC Court of Appeals by 50.3% to 49.7% in the instant runoff. With 13 candidates running for the position, the election would have posed a challenge for any electoral system. Using IRV, voters expressed their preferences among the available candidates and the candidate with the most popular support was elected.
On Tuesday, December 21, the U.S. Census released the official population numbers for states from its count earlier this year. The most immediate impact will be on apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this installment of FairVote's Innovative Analysis series, Rob Richie explains how some pundits and journalists have gotten it wrong in their analysis of the partisan impact of the census numbers.
- Posted: December 6, 2010
- Categories: Ranked Choice Voting
In a closely contested election featuring the use of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), Claire Hill has defeated Robert Hasty, Jr. in the race for the District 12A North Carolina Superior Court seat in Cumberland County. This important election is among the first in North Carolina history in which IRV has been used. Here are some key facts about the election.
- Posted: December 3, 2010
Relevant facts and figures on the 2010 San Leandro Mayoral election.
- Posted: November 29, 2010
On November 2, North Carolina voters recorded their preferences in four elections with instant runoff voting (IRV) to fill judicial vacancies in a single trip to the polls. Every voter had an opportunity to cast a ranked choice ballot in the statewide race to fill Judge James Wynn’s former seat on the state Court of Appeals, while three counties held instant runoff elections with three candidates seeking to fill Superior Court vacancies. On November 23rd, election officials completed the statewide canvass of ballots. Today, November 29th, they are turning to the process of tabulating votes and determining the winner of the instant runoff elections.
The Board of Supervisors race in District 10 was an unprecedented race in San Francisco’s seven-year history of using ranked choice voting (the first RCV elections took place in 2004). It featured 21 candidates, no incumbent and no obvious front runners. That resulted in an election in which the winning candidate, Malia Cohen, barely edged out the competition in an exceptionally close race.Given the parameters of this race, RCV functioned smoothly to produce a winner that was preferred by the most voters. It fostered a degree of coalition-building as candidates and voters used the ranked ballots effectively, and unlike other races this race was substantially free of negative, mudslinging attacks as the multi-candidate field focused on seeking the second and third rankings from the supporters of other candidates.
- Posted: November 23, 2010
- Posted: November 19, 2010
The city of Oakland, as well as the cities of Berkeley and San Leandro, all used ranked choice voting (RCV, also known as instant runoff voting) for the first time in the November 2, 2010 elections. Oakland used RCV for elections for mayor, city auditor, city council and school board. For its extremely close mayoral election, the non-profit educational organization FairVote has analyzed the electronic ballot images made publicly available by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters (the ballot images are anonymous digital records of every voter's ballot counted to that date).
- Posted: November 11, 2010
On November 11, Don Perata held a news conference to announce that he was conceding the election for mayor of Oakland. At the same time, he criticized ranked choice voting used in this election, and his campaign distributed a document called “Ranked Choice Voting in Oakland’s Mayoral Election, 2010: Internal analysis by the Perata for Mayor Campaign, with external assistance.” FairVote, a non-profit organization that includes ranked choice voting among its research interests and reform priorities, developed the following response.
- Posted: November 10, 2010
Analysis of the Oakland mayoral election results show that a significant majority of Oakland voters successfully used the RCV system to express their preferences among the mayoral candidates.