Governors Split on Advancing Our Elections
IL governor signs National Popular Vote, VT governor vetoes majority voting
On April 4, Vermont governor Jim Douglas chose to veto legislation to re-establish majority elections for Congress in his state through instant runoff voting. Vermont would have been the first state to enact IRV for Congress; legislative leaders affirmed their commitment to the bill, and it is sure to move in the state again. FairVote has worked hard to support this legislation, which likely generated more than 600 phone calls to the governor from Vermonters.

On April 7, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich signed legislation entering Illinois into the National Popular Vote plan for president. The NPV plan now has states making up more than a sixth of what it will take for the plan to go into affect. It also has passed fully a sixth of our nation's state legislative chambers, including most recently in Maine, Vermont and Hawaii.

[AP/Boston Globe Article on the Veto]
[Vermont Public Radio on the Veto]
[Brattleboro Reformer Editorial]
[More on IRV in Vermont]
[National Popular Vote Plan]
[FairVote's Presidential Elections Page]
[Hendrik Hertzberg rips Gov. Douglas in his blog ]

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In the News
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.

March 13th 2009
Instant runoff elections
The Caledonian Record

Letter to the editor urging the expansion of instant runoff voting beyond Burlington to statewide elections in Vermont.

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