Posted on January 29, 2006A new article by FairVote board member Krist Novoselic examines the recent election of a new Washington State Democratic Party Chairperson. Three candidates were vying for the position, Jean Brooks, Dwight Pelz, and Laura Ruderman. The party used a traditional system of runoffs as the first vote did not result in a majority winner.
Mr. Novoselic examines the vote and concludes that the second runoff vote could have been avoided had the party used IRV. This simple change in procedure could have saved time and effort as votes for Brooks would have been distributed to the other two candidates, based on their second choices, after the first round elimination. In this election, IRV would have determined the majority winner quickly and without the need for additional voting.
[ Read Krist Novoselic's article here ]