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.

LiveJournal's instant runoff election spotlights IRV's growing use
Others include world's largest scientific society & dozens of schools
Instant runoff voting continues to gather steam in non-governmental elections as well as governmental ones. Two particular notable adoptions this year were for the American Chemical Society and the LiveJournal Advisory Board. The American Chemical Society s a 160,000-member group that describes itself as the "world's largest scientific society. " LiveJournal is one of the world’s leading online communities. In a race for its advisory board with some 25,000 voters, IRV resulted in a definitive winner despite voters choosing among 23 candidates.

IRV is used for dozens of student elections at major universities and colleges. Notable first-times uses this year were at NC State, University of Iowa and UC-San Diego.

[LiveJournal news release on election]
[FairVote's page on IRV on campus]
[American Chemical Society page on IRV ]

Instant Runoff Voting in Los Angeles Gains Steam
Chamber of Commerce and former Mayor Riordan Back IRV
A city of nearly four million people, Los Angeles has taken giant strides toward putting instant runoff voting  for city elections on the November 2008 ballot. The L.A. Chamber of Commerce and former Republican mayor Richard Riordan recently endorsed instant runoff voting, with the Chamber's press release saying: "IRV will save money for candidates, who can now spend all their resources on a single race focused on the merits of their platforms, rather than bashing opponents. This new campaign dynamic will bring new candidates and their issues into the local debate, leading to more competitive races for important local government posts."

As detailed in the IRV in L.A. website run by the New America Foundation, other backers include the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, National Latino Congreso and numerous elected leaders. UCLA uses IRV for its student government elections.

[Statement by L.A. Chamber of Commerce]
[New America Foundation's Political Reform Program]
[Californians for Electoral Reform]
[Another successful IRV election at UCLA]
[NEW: Memphis, TN to vote on IRV in November]
[NEW: Glendale, AZ to vote on IRV in September]

Colorado legislature passes bill to advance IRV and choice voting
The Colorado legislature on May 6th gave final passage to HB 1378, a bill to allow all Colorado municipalities and special districts to use instant runoff voting and choice voting. A model for other states, the bill was drafted as a result of recommendations from a legislature-initiated task force on voting methods last year that reviewed a wide array of voting methods, including alternative single-winner methods like approval voting and range voting.

Kudos to Colorado advocates such as Common Cause's Elena Nunez, FairVote Colorado's Rick Van Wie, state representative John Kefalas and senate majority leader Ken Gordon. Two Colorado localities -- Basalt and Aspen -- already have adopted instant runoff voting for mayoral elections.

[Colorado Voter Choice Task Force Report]
[Bill history for HB 1378]
[Commentary in favor of instant runoff voting in Denver]
[Commentary in favor of instant runoff voting in Aspen]

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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.