At its annual membership
meeting, the Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont) voted, 24
to 6, to employ Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to elect its officers, making
it the first neighborhood organization to adopt IRV.
With IRV, Wilmont can eliminate
the need for separate runoff elections while ensuring that each winner is
supported by a majority of voters, as members of the board will rank their
choices, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. when they vote for officers. When no
candidate wins a majority of votes, an instant runoff is held among the
The City of Santa Monica has
been considering IRV on and off since 1992.
“IRV is the most efficient
way to manage elections because it eliminates the need for run-offs and
allows people to rank their true preferences,” said Rob Rader, Chair of
Wilmont. “The Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Coalition recognizes these
important benefits and is proud to be part of this progressive electoral