Newly elected candidates are not the only winners from Election Day 2007. Voters in Sarasota (FL) and Aspen (CO) voted by more than three to one to move to instant runoff voting. 67% of voters in Pierce County (WA) voted to keep IRV on track for next year's county executive race, while voters in Clallam County narrowly rejected establishing an IRV option for now.
More and more places now use IRV. San Francisco held its fourth IRV election overall, with first-round winners in three citywide races, including mayor. Takoma Park (MD) smoothly held its first IRV election for mayor, with nary a single spoiled ballot, and the city of Hendersonville (NC) had a good first IRV election for two city council seats. Cambridge (MA)
held city council and school committee elections with the choice voting system of proportional voting, now in its seventh decade of use.
[ Aspen Times on IRV Victory ]
[ Herald Tribune on IRV making Sarasota a “model of election reform” ]
[ Hendersonville IRV voter: “There’s nothing to it” ]