IRV is off to a fast start in 2007, looking to replicate the successes of 2006. Activists in Sarasota, FL, completed a successful signature drive to place IRV on the November ballot. The Santa Fe, NM, Charter Review Commission approved IRV and has sent a resolution to the City Council for approval. In Springfield, IL, the City Council unanimously placed an IRV measure on the April ballot. This measure applies to overseas absentee voters and has the backing of the Mayor in addition to that of the Council.
These three cities demonstrate the growing support for IRV among local elected officials who see IRV as the solution to high cost, low turnout plurality elections. They also highlight the effective work of dedicated local activists who worked to put IRV on the ballot. Stay tuned for more exciting IRV news from these cities and elsewhere in 2007!