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Santa Monica Mirror

Wilmont Opts for Instant Runoff Voting

August 19, 2004

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 top candidates.

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 reform.”

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