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What is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?

Instant runoff voting is a winner-take-all, constitutionally protected, voting system that ensures a winning candidate will receive a majority of votes rather than a simple plurality.  IRV eliminates the need for runoff elections by allowing voters to rank their candidates in order of preference. 


  • Read about and view the Power Point presentation on IRV given by Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz to the National Association of Secretaries of State meeting in Rhode Island on July 28, 2002.
  • The Muppets on IRV. This page requires Netscape 3.0 and up or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and up.

What is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?
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IRV Talking Points
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