Governors Split on Advancing Our Elections
IL governor signs National Popular Vote, VT governor vetoes majority voting
On April 4, Vermont governor Jim Douglas chose to veto legislation to re-establish majority elections for Congress in his state through instant runoff voting. Vermont would have been the first state to enact IRV for Congress; legislative leaders affirmed their commitment to the bill, and it is sure to move in the state again. FairVote has worked hard to support this legislation, which likely generated more than 600 phone calls to the governor from Vermonters.

On April 7, Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich signed legislation entering Illinois into the National Popular Vote plan for president. The NPV plan now has states making up more than a sixth of what it will take for the plan to go into affect. It also has passed fully a sixth of our nation's state legislative chambers, including most recently in Maine, Vermont and Hawaii.

[AP/Boston Globe Article on the Veto]
[Vermont Public Radio on the Veto]
[Brattleboro Reformer Editorial]
[More on IRV in Vermont]
[National Popular Vote Plan]
[FairVote's Presidential Elections Page]
[Hendrik Hertzberg rips Gov. Douglas in his blog ]

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]

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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In the News
June 17th 2009
Instant Runoff Elections are a Vote for Civility
Yes! Magazine

Fair Vote's Executive Director, Rob Richie, explains how IRV is greatly benefiting the election process of Burlington, Vermont.

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