Pages tagged "Instant runoff voting"


Instant Runoff Voting in Action in Takoma Park

Posted on What's New by Jared Gay on July 18, 2012

 Our analysis of the July 18 thinstant runoff election in Takoma Park, Maryland. We include information from an exit survey regarding opinions of instant runoff voting.

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Election Wonk: Growing trend of plurality wins in governors' races

Over the last two years, a staggering 28% of gubernatorial races were awarded to candidates who failed to win 50% of the vote. With so many state executives in power without the expressed consent of the majority, we have to question whether our system successfully functions to deliver the will of the people.

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Survey of California Republicans Has Revealing Results

Posted on What's New by Dorothy Scheeline on February 29, 2012

Californians for Electoral Reform conducted a revealing survey of delegates to the California Republican Party state convention last weekend. By enumerating their preferences, California Republican activists give insight into their voting patterns.

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Third Parties and the Spoiler Effect In the 2012 Election

Posted on What's New by The Non-majority Rule Desk, Joe Witte on February 28, 2012

As the 2012 presidential election approaches, it's clear that while many American voters are ready for a third party, America's election system is not.

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RCV Election Results: Portland and San Francisco

Posted on What's New by Sheahan Virgin, Katie P. Kelly on November 11, 2011

Updated! This November, ranked choice voting (RCV) elections took place in six cities in the United States. Here is a visual breakdown of each ranked choice voting round in the San Francisco (CA) elections for Mayor, District Attorney and Sheriff and in the Portland (ME) mayoral election. In Portland, Michael Brennan led in the first round and was the strongest candidate in securing votes from backers of defeated candidates, winning with 56% when matched against his strongest opponent. In San Francisco, Interim Mayor Ed Lee led in the first round and also expanded his lead during the count, securing 60% of the final round tally.

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Portland Mayoral Election: One-Day Survey Results

Posted on What's New by Dorothy Scheeline on November 07, 2011

FairVote conducted a one-day survey of 122 early voters on Thursday, November 3 participating in Portland's first mayoral election in nearly a century. The survey reveals that Portland voters find their new ranked choice ballot easy to use and have experienced a mayoral campaign that has promoted civic engagement.

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Was the Iowa Caucuses' Real Winner Not in the Race?

Posted on What's New on November 04, 2011

Last night, as the numbers rolled in from Iowa, cable news shows pundits analyzed the numbers in almost every way humanly possible – with particular obsession with who was going to “win.” But the media just may have missed the biggest winner: a candidate who wasn’t seeking Iowa votes last night.

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Irish presidential election with instant runoff voting: Voter choice without "spoilers"

Posted on What's New on November 04, 2011

Our political leaders are again rolling the dice with the American people. Rather than pursue statutory solutions to potential electoral landmines, they've left intact a set of electoral rules that aren’t designed for elections where voters have more than two choices. Ireland last month showcased a better way in its elections. As with all other well-established democracies with presidential elections, Ireland elects its president based on a national popular vote. It uses instant runoff voting to uphold the goal of majority rule. 

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Ranked Choice Absentee Ballots: Preventing the Disenfranchisement of Military and Overseas Voters

Posted on What's New by Cynthia Okechukwu on July 21, 2011

American citizens living abroad, including men and women in uniform, often face difficulties in voting in elections at home. Military and overseas voters continue to point to short ballot turnaround times as an obstacle to voting in federal, state, and local elections. Ranked choice absentee ballots provide a legal and practical solution to this problem. 

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North Carolina uses Instant Runoff Voting for state, county-wide elections

Posted on What's New on November 03, 2010

This fall North Carolina held the first statewide general election with instant runoff voting (IRV) in the nation’s history to fill federal judge Jim Wynn’s vacancy in on the Court of Appeals. Three Superior Court vacancies were also filled with instant runoff voting. Initial results suggest that voters in the state handled IRV well.

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