October 18th 2009
St. Paul will cast vote on instant-runoff elections
Star Tribune

On November third, St. Paul citizens will cast their ballots to decide whether IRV will be used in their city council and school board. But there has been some resistance from elected officials.

October 18th 2009
Voters to vote on how they voted
Aspen Daily News

Aspen has been using IRV since 2005, since the may 2007 election the local government will put out a poll to decide whether to go back to the old voting system or tweak the current one.

October 18th 2009
Reforming runoffs could boost turnout
Crain's New York Business

State Sen. Liz Krueger says instant runoff voting would reduce spending, negative campaigning and boost turnout.

October 18th 2009
RCV: System results in more candidates
The News Tribune

Susan Eidenschink thinks that RCV should continue to be used in Washington.

October 17th 2009
Campaign begins for Instant Runoff Voting

A Rochester City Council member is urging other city officials to consider changing how votes are cast within the city.

October 16th 2009
IRV offers new strategies for Minneapolis candidates
MPR News

In Minneapolis, IRV has been introduced and the candidates and the supporters are already noticing a difference.

October 16th 2009
Haven't Detroit voters spoken enough?
Livingston Daily

In Detroit, there have been three mayors in the past two years and the current one has come under scrutiny. Perhaps a system like instant runoff voting will help bring political stability to motor city.

October 15th 2009
Instant runoff voting will save money but not raise turnout

Candidate Lynne Serpe of New York's 22nd district wants the city to use IRV because it will make elections more democratic.

October 15th 2009
Instant runoffs could curb negative ads
Crain's New York Business

State Senator Liz Krueger of New York says that IRV would cut down on negative ads and raise voter turnout.

October 14th 2009
A Stone's Throw
The Aspen Times

Andy Stone runs through the positives and the negatives behind different voting systems.

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IRV Soars in Twin Cities, FairVote Corrects the Pundits on Meaning of Election Night '09
Election Day '09 was a roller-coaster for election reformers.  Instant runoff voting had a great night in Minnesota, where St. Paul voters chose to implement IRV for its city elections, and Minneapolis voters used IRV for the first time—with local media touting it as a big success. As the Star-Tribune noted in endorsing IRV for St. Paul, Tuesday’s elections give the Twin Cities a chance to show the whole state of Minnesota the benefits of adopting IRV. There were disappointments in Lowell and Pierce County too, but high-profile multi-candidate races in New Jersey and New York keep policymakers focused on ways to reform elections;  the Baltimore Sun and Miami Herald were among many newspapers publishing commentary from FairVote board member and former presidential candidate John Anderson on how IRV can mitigate the problems of plurality elections.

And as pundits try to make hay out of the national implications of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections, Rob Richie in the Huffington Post concludes that the gubernatorial elections have little bearing on federal elections.