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Coast to Coast, Instant Runoff Voting Builds Support
Advances in North Carolina and California
CoastOn July 26th, the North Carolina state House passed a bipartisan bill previously passed by the Senate on the 19th, making way for the use of instant runoff voting (IRV) for statewide elections for judicial office vacancies and to let 10 cities and 10 counties try IRV.

On July 18th, the night before H1024 was passed by the state Senate,  the City Council of Oakland (CA) voted 6-2 to place IRV on the November ballot, folding their current two rounds of voting into one high turnout majority election in November. Representing a combined population of more than 1.6 million people, four cities and counties -- Oakland, Davis (CA), Pierce County (WA) and Minneapolis (MN) -- will vote on IRV this November.

Update:  The North Carolina Governor signed the IRV bill on August 3rd; the pilot program is set to begin in 2007-2008.

[FairVote's Press Release on North Carolina]
[AP Article on IRV in North Carolina]
[San Francisco Chronicle on IRV in Oakland]
[Text of the Oakland Bill]
[Text of the North Carolina Bill]

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August 10th 2009
Commentary: A cure for the political nomination process
Cleveland Plain Dealer

FairVote's Rob Richie and Paul Fidalgo offer a way to give everyone a say in presidential nominations while retaining the valuable state-by-state evaluation process. This piece also ran in McClatchy's newswire.

October 29th 2009
Plurality voting rule is the real election spoiler
Baltimore Sun

In the midst of 3-way races in NJ and NY, FairVote board member and 1980 presidential candidate John Anderson makes the case for IRV over our flawed plurality system.

October 19th 2009
A better election system
Lowell Sun

Election expert Doug Amy explains how choice voting can "inject new blood" into the elections of Lowell (MA), and give voters a greater incentive to participate.

October 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.