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Advances for IRV

  • Maine adopts legislation to fund study on IRV: This spring Maine's governor signed LD 212, a resolution requiring the Secretary of State to study the feasibility of using IRV in Maine elections. (June 3, 2004)
  • Washington State initiative for IRV launched: Instant Runoff Washington has formed to collect signatures in 2004 for action in 2005. (April 29, 2004)
  • Minnesota Independence Party, under which Jesse Ventura served as governor, used IRV in its party caucuses this month, electing John Edwards in a close vote. (March 10, 2004)
  • Successful first IRV election in Papua New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, a nation of five million people near Australia, has re-instituted instant runoff voting after a perception that plurality voting was polarizing the nation's politics. In the first use of IRV in a special election ,voter error rate was lower than in American presidential elections (December 12, 2003)
  • Nationally Known Secretary of State Recommends IRV: Arkansas Secretary of State Sharon Priest , chair of the Arkansas State Election Improvement Study Commission and former president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, recommends instant runoff voting for judicial elections.
  • San Francisco adopts IRV for major offices in March 2002 ballot measure and will implement it in November 2003 mayoral election.
  • Information about the dramatic rise in support for adopting IRV in Vermont, including a sweep of town meeting votes and a new round of endorsements. 
  • Utah Republicans use IRV to nominate candidates for Congress at their May 2002 state convention. Read Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's Statement of support.
  • Louisiana uses IRV for some overseas absentee ballots.
  • Los Angeles city council votes to study IRV.
  • Senator John McCain endorses Alaska ballot measure
  • Colleges adopt  IRV for student elections

What is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?
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The Case for IRV

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IRV vs Runoff

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