June 11th 2009
Donít call Pierce Countyís ranked choice voting weird just because itís different
Tacoma News Tribune

Peter Callaghan of the Tacoma News Tribune explains that although many Pierce County residents may think that their recently implemented IRV system for county elections is "weird", they should give it a chance because it has many hidden advantages.

June 11th 2009
IRV is ready for Minneapolis debut
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

An editorial in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune speculates about the long-awaited debut of IRV in Minneapolis for the upcoming local elections this fall.

June 9th 2009
IRV better than old runoffs
Aspen Times

FairVote's Terry Bouricius confronts critics who claim that IRV's non-monotonicity make it an unsatisfactory election system.

June 8th 2009
Instant runoffs would reduce election costs
Torrance Daily Breeze

Opinion piece highlights the role IRV could have in shrinking California's budget deficit by eliminating the need for costly runoffs.

June 6th 2009
Jack Nagel: Accounting of IRV's flaws had its own
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Jack Nagel rebuts criticisms of IRV.

May 21st 2009
Fixing City Hall
News Review

A Sacramento Charter Review Committee is looking at both instant runoff voting and proportional representation as possible changes to the city's charter.

May 21st 2009
Herbkersman, Richie: Time to run off runoffs
The State

Runoffs after primaries can mean big plunges in voter turnout. Rob Richie and SC State Rep. Bill Herbkersman explain how IRV can achieve both majority consensus and eliminate separate, expensive runoffs.

May 19th 2009
Senate approves Connors bill to join National Popular Vote Pact
Rhode Island General Assembly

STATE HOUSE Ė The Senate today approved legislation to join Rhode Island into a pact with other states to ensure that the candidates who win the most votes nationwide in presidential elections are the ones who win the White House.

May 18th 2009
Rattiner wins TCU presidency
Tufts Daily

Brandon Rattiner won the presidency in Tufts University student government elections, with 52% of the vote in the school's instant runoff voting election.

May 17th 2009
Why states should adopt the National Popular Vote plan for president
San Diego Union-Tribune

FairVote's Rob Richie writes that the Electoral College deepens political inequality, and explains why the National Popular Vote plan is our best opportunity to ensure that every vote for president is equally valued.

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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.