Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a method of voting that eliminates the problems found in plurality and runoff elections. Voters rank the candidates on their ballots and the runoff occurs instantly. IRV eliminates the "spoiler" problem, ensures majority support for the winning candidate, saves taxpayer money, promotes higher voter turnout and discourages mud-slinging campaigns.
Click one of the links below to see how IRV elections work, and be sure to view FairVote's own presentation directly below.
- FairVote's flash animation on IRV
- IRV for Students
- "Instant Runoff Voting" by Chris Gates
- "IRV, Easy as 1-2-3" by the San Francisco Yes on A Campaign
- "I Heart IRV" to support Yes on 3 in Pierce County, WA
- "Elect-a-Date" from the Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign