On February 20, 2003, UC-Davis students adopted choice voting for student senate elections and instant runoff voting for president. The proponents of the change have compiled lots of information about the campaign and the implementation of choice voting at UC-Davis. Please explore the previous link for more information.
The ballot statistics show a very high level of voter satisfaction in UC Davis's first two choice voting elections.
In the fall 2003-2004 election, 61% of voters elected their top choice, 82% of voters elected one of their top two choices, and 88% one of their top three. This was with nearly 2500 voters choosing among a field of 16 candidates.
In the winter 2003-2004 election, 55% of voters elected their top choice, 78% one of their top two choices, and 90% one of their top three. This was with over 4000 voters and a field of 14 candidates.
Compare these two election results to UC-Davis's former plurality system. In the winter 2000-2001 election, 48% of voters did not elect anyone from their top slate of candidates.
The success of UC-Davis student elections using choice voting and the energy and passion of its students led to the adoption of choice voting in the city of Davis. On March 7, 2005, the City of Davis Governance Taskforce voted 8-1 to recommend choice voting for City Council elections. The taskforce presented a report to Davis City Council on April 5, 2005. After the Council accepted the findings, the citizens of Davis could have their say on choice voting in a ballot measure as soon as November 2005.
Read the final report of the City of Davis Governance Task Force to the Davis City Council:
Read a report on the high level of satisfaction with UC Davis Choice Voting Elections from two UC Davis students.