Vermont House Passes IRV
Senate-backed bill would implement IRV this year
On March 14, 2008, the Vermont House joined the Senate in approving legislation that would implement instant runoff voting (IRV) for congressional elections beginning in 2008. The measure passed by a vote of 81 to 60. If this bill is implemented, Vermont will be the first state to adopt IRV for statewide elections. This legislation generated strong support from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, Common Cause, Vermont PIRG, FairVote and the League of Women Voters of Vermont. IRV has a strong history of support in Vermont including endorsements from more than 50 town meetings and former governor Howard Dean.

[Coverage from Burlington Free Press]
[Coverage from Vermont Public Radio]
[Instant Runoff Voting Wins Preliminary Approval - WCAX TV News]
[Howard Dean talks about IRV]
[More about IRV in Vermont]

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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.

March 11th 2009
What Are We, Stupid?
Seven Days

Seven Days writer Shay Totten takes a look at Burlington's recent instant runoff voting election.

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