Instant Runoff in Berkeley

On March 2, 2004, voters in Berkeley (CA) voted 72%-28% to authorize instant runoff voting (IRV) for city elections, with more than 20,000 people voting yes. The high-profile campaign had vigorous opposition, and the strong affirmative vote sends a mandate for implementing IRV as soon as possible. A companion ballot measure to preserve runoffs, but lower the winning threshold from 45% to 40%, won only 55% of the vote.

To learn more about the campaign for IRV in Berkeley, check out:

Pro-IRV commentary from the League of Women Voters 

Local news coverage

Final election results

In the News
February 8th 2008
Ranked Voting in Presidential Primaries
Berkeley Daily Planet

Thomas Gangale on the need for instant runoff voting for presidential elections.

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.

January 30th 2007
County: Instant Run-Off Voting on Schedule
Berkeley Daily Planet

Alameda county should be ready for IRV elections in fall 2008.

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