Burlington's Second IRV Election a Success
Incumbent Kiss Wins Reelection in Third IRV Round
Burlington City HallCitizens of Burlington, Vermont went to the polls on Tuesday, March 3rd to vote for the second time in an election using instant runoff voting. At 8:25 PM, the city declared that incumbent Mayor Bob Kiss had won reelection in the third and final round of counting, narrowly edging out challenger Kurt Wright, 51.5% to 48.5%. The race was unique in that it had four candidates that had a legitimate shot at winning: Progressive Kiss, Republican Wright, Democrat Andy Montroll, and independent Dan Smith. In most other American cities, there would be fear of "spoiler" candidates, but IRV allowed all four candidates to run without having to worry about being labeled "spoilers."

IRV is also credited for making the race one of the more civil that Burlington has seen, as candidates were hesitant to attack one another for fear of losing their opponents' second choice support.  Democratic City Councilman Bill Keogh was quoted as saying the race was "the most respectful and informative campaign in Burlington in a long time."


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In the News
May 15th 2009
City attorney: IRV vote must wait
Burlington Free Press

Article on Burlington City Attorney's decision that any attempt to repeal instant runoff voting must come during a regularly scheduled election, not during a special election.

May 4th 2009
My Turn: Why Burlington's IRV system works
Burlington Free Press

Vermont League of Women Voters member Keri Toksu clears up some misconceptions about instant runoff voting, and talks about why the system is superior to the alternatives.

March 18th 2009
In Defense of IRV
Seven Days

FairVote's Terry Bouricius explains why Burlington's elections are much better under instant runoff voting than they were when the city used runoff elections.

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