IRV Educational Materials
Presenting IRV in a clear yet entertaining manner is an important step in building support for IRV in your community. Download and distribute the fliers and factsheets in this section or link to our multimedia content.
IRV Flash Animation
Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a method of voting that eliminates the problems found in plurality and runoff elections. Voters rank the candidates on their ballots and the runoff occurs instantly. IRV eliminates the "spoiler" problem, ensures majority support for the winning candidate, saves taxpayer money, promotes higher voter turnout and discourages mud-slinging campaigns.
Click one of the links below to see how IRV elections work, and be sure to view FairVote's own presentation directly below.
- "Instant Runoff Voting" by Chris Gates
- "IRV, East as 1-2-3" by the San Francisco Yes on A Campaign
- "I Heart IRV" to support Yes on 3 in Pierce County, WA
- "Elect-a-Date" from the Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign
- A ballot count flow chart: a graphical explanation of the vote counting procedure (.pdf 12.3kB)
- Fact Sheet on Improving Runoff Elections (.pdf 83.3kB)
- An illustrated guide to conducting a hand count of IRV ballots in San Francisco (.pdf 180kB)
- Guide to counting IRV ballots on an ES&S optical scan machine created by the North Carolina Board of Elections and FairVote's one page summary of the procedure
Former Governor Howard Dean joins Burlington, Vermont voters as they head to the polls with their new instant runoff voting system. (Quicktime [.mov] streaming video [26 mb]) (Windows Media [.wmv] streaming video [26 mb])
- The Muppets Use IRV! See how it works. (.ppt 2.91mB)
- Power Point on IRV in Vermont, created by Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz
For more education materials and resources, visit our National Curriculum page.