Majority rule and genuine voter choice are marks of a functioning democracy. To support voter choice in high turnout elections, we act to encourage understanding, adoption and effective implementation of instant runoff voting, a ranked choice voting system used in a growing number of American elections.

London Holds Its Third Mayoral Election with IRV
On May 1, London held its third mayoral election using a form of instant runoff voting. The Conservative Party's Boris Johnson defeated Labor Party incumbent Ken Livingstone, winning 53% to 47% in the instant runoff. This election had the city's best turnout ever -- a 20% increase compared to the 2004 elections.

Also known as the "supplementary vote," the London system limits voters to a first choice and second choice and moves directly to a second round of voting between the top two finishers. It was first implemented in 2000 after 72% of the London electorate approved direct mayoral elections with IRV by referendum. The system is increasingly popular in England: 12 cities use this form of IRV for mayoral elections.

Londoners also elected the London Assembly (14 members elected directly from constituencies and 11 seats at-large) through a mixed member proportional system. The Conservative and Labor Parties swept the 14 winner-take-all seats, but smaller parties won a total of six seats due to proportional voting. 

[Official Results at London Elects]
[British Analysis Focused on the Assembly Results]
[Animated Guides on London Mayoral and Assembly Elections]
[The Guardian's Coverage]
[Evening Standard Article about Mayoral Election]
[Amy Ngai on the FairVote Blog]

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]

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Recent Articles
October 30th 2009
Don Fraser and George Latimer: The case for instant-runoff voting is clear
Star Tribune

Two former politicians tell St. Paul voters that IRV is "vitally important to us as citizens and as members of our communities."

October 29th 2009
Plurality voting rule is the real election spoiler
Baltimore Sun

In the midst of 3-way races in NJ and NY, FairVote board member and 1980 presidential candidate John Anderson makes the case for IRV over our flawed plurality system.

October 25th 2009
CHARTER AMENDMENT 3: County voters would lose power
The News Tribune

Amendment 3 to the Pierce county charter is an attempt by incumbent politicians to rig the system and prevent any serious challengers from competing. IRV is simply too fair and too democratic to not keep using in our electoral system.

October 22nd 2009
St. Paul should join IRV bandwagon
Star Tribune

Star Tribune stands behind IRV voting. They believe that if this system is used in St. Paul, it will show the state of Missouri that IRV can work and can better represent the voters in the state.