Organizations & Corporations
Recommended by Robert’s Rules of Order for organizational elections conducted by mail, instant runoff voting (called “preferential voting” in Robert’s rules) is used widely among organizations. Here is a partial list of such organizations, updated in March 2009. (If you know of additions, please send a note as well as a link to the organization to [email protected])

Highlighted Uses of Instant Runoff Voting by Organizations and Corporations
  • American Educational Research Association (all elections with two or more candidates) - Prominent professional association of educators.

  • American Geophysical Union (President, General Secretary and International Secretary) - A worldwide scientific community that advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of the Earth and space for the benefit of humanity.

  • American Medical Student Association (President, Vice President for Membership, Vice President for Finances, Secretary, Vice President for Programming) - The oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.

  • American Mensa (Chairman, First Vice-Chairman, Second Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer) - Organization for people who score in the top 2 percent of the general population on an accepted standardized intelligence test; over 50,000 members.

  • American Political Science Association (President) - Founded in 1903, it is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in over 80 countries.

  • American Psychiatric Association (all elections with two or more candidates) - Its more than 38,000 members worldwide work to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder.

  • American Psychological Association (President, Divisional Representatives to the Council of Representatives, six Members-At-Large of the Executive Committee) - A scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States; the largest association of psychologists worldwide, with approximately 150,000 members.

  • Canadian Wheat Board (Board of Directors) - The largest single seller of wheat and barley in the world, holding more than 20% of the international market.

  • Consortium of College and University Media Centers (President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors) - A dynamic organization whose mission is to provide leadership and a forum for information exchange; over 750 members representing all sizes of institutions in higher learning.

  • Hugo and Campbell Science Fiction Awards - Given annually by the World Science Fiction Society since 1955 to the best works of science fiction literature.

  • International Psychoanalytical Association (President, Treasurer) - Professional association for pyschoanalysts worldwide; founded in 1910 by Carl Gustav Jung and Sigmund Freud, among others.

  • Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (At Large) - A not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable.

  • National Organization for Women (Regional Board Members, President, Vice President - Executive, Vice President - Action, Vice President - Membership) - Founded in 1966, NOW is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, with more than 500,000 contributing members and more than 500 local and campus affiliates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Other Uses of Instant Runoff Voting by Organizations and Corporations
*The Heisman Trophy, NCAA polls, and various other sports awards use a form of ranked voting known as the Borda count, where each ranking is given a certain point value.
**Federal Reserve regional directors are elected by the Bucklin form of ranked voting where all second choices are added to the totals of all first choices.


See the list of universities and colleges that use instant runoff voting

Organizations in the United Kingdom that elect leaders with instant runoff voting and/or choice voting