With the entry of a Progressive candidate into the mayor's race, and a City Councilor weighing an independent bid, IRV looks on track to be put to the test in Burlington, Vermont.
election in March will be the first time in Vermont that an elected
official will be chosen by IRV, which allows voters to rank candidates
in order of first, second,
third, fourth and more choices, rather than vote for just one. The
decision to use IRV won by a landslide margin on a ballot question in
March of last year.
is supported by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean as well as
independent Congressman and former Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders, and nationally
by such figures as John McCain and Barak Obama.
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Burlington IRV Race Heats Up