Instant Runoff in Berkeley

On March 2, 2004, voters in Berkeley (CA) voted 72%-28% to authorize instant runoff voting (IRV) for city elections, with more than 20,000 people voting yes. The high-profile campaign had vigorous opposition, and the strong affirmative vote sends a mandate for implementing IRV as soon as possible. A companion ballot measure to preserve runoffs, but lower the winning threshold from 45% to 40%, won only 55% of the vote.

To learn more about the campaign for IRV in Berkeley, check out:

Pro-IRV commentary from the League of Women Voters 

Local news coverage

Final election results

In the News
July 16th 2009
San Leandro considers instant-runoff voting for municipal elections
The Oakland Tribune

The city of San Leandro, a suburb of Oakland, is considering adopting the use of IRV for city elections.

February 7th 2009
Election rule changes could save money, city clerk says
The Daily Review

A San Leandro City Council committee recommended the use of IRV for city elections.

June 19th 2008
Will We Have Instant Runoff Voting For Berkeley’s November Election?
The Berkeley Daily Planet

Commentary advocating the swift implementation of IRV in Berkeley.

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