IRV Election in San Francisco is Great Success
On November 2, 2004, San Francisco voters made history when they went to the polls and used ranked choice voting (also known as instant runoff voting) to elect seven members of the Board of Supervisors (city council). All winners were determined by Friday afternoon, less than 72 hours after the polls had closed, and the city saved millions of tax dollars by avoiding a low turnout, December runoff election.  In addition, all winners were elected with many more votes than in previous races for Supervisor, so more voters had a say in who their local representatives are. All in all, it was a great success for the maiden voyage of ranked choice voting in San Francisco.

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In the News
June 11th 2007
Instant runoffs might be fix for voter fatigue
The Los Angeles Times

News report on growing interest in instant runoff voting in Los Angeles.

December 25th 2006
'Instant Runoff' Voting Touted
Los Angeles Times

Article citing FairVote's work and instant runoff voting wins covers the history of proportional voting in the United States and the growing interest after ballot victories in Davis (CA) and Minneapolis (MN).

November 27th 2006
Election Proves Instant Runoff Voting Is Catching On in California and Other States
California Progress Report

Steven Hill, director of the New America Foundation's Political Reform Program, offers a rundown of instant runoff voting's growing popularity among diverse American communities in the wake of four November 2006 wins.

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