Presidential Frontrunners Support Instant Runoff Voting
Boosts new campaign in Santa Fe and state legislation
The two frontrunners for their party's nominations, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, are both active backers of instant runoff voting (IRV). In 2002, Sen. McCain recorded a message for backers of IRV in Alaska, while that year Sen. Obama was the lead sponsor of legislation to implement IRV for certain Illinois elections.  With most third party candidates also supporting IRV, we may see a rare issue of consensus this November, although neither McCain nor Obama have yet secured their party's nomination.

In the states, instant runoff voting appears next on the ballot in Santa Fe (NM), where it has the backing of the mayor, local newspapers and key community leaders. It also is advancing legislatively in states like Vermont.

[Senator John McCain's message on IRV]

[Sen. Barack Obama's state legislative proposal on IRV]
[Santa Fe Website] and [local backer Voting Matter]
[Vermont Public Radio's February 19th debate on IRV]

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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.

March 10th 2009
Letters to the Editor
Burlington Free Press

Letters to the Editor in the Burlington Free Press praising the city's recent instant runoff voting method.

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