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Instant Runoff in Berkeley

March, 2004

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:

The campaign website

Pro-IRV commentary from the League of Women Voters 

Local news coverage

Final election results

Press release of election results


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