runoff voting has been featured in numerous commentaries and news
articles in recent years. A Collection
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Times: "Inside Politics: Front-runner Dean"
Details of Hotline's ranked poll on the runoff election
for DNC Chair. January 17, 2005.
- Green Pages:
"IRV advances." Howard Ditkoff summarizes IRV wins for
the Green Party's national publication. December 2004.
- Independent Progressive
Politics Network: "Instant runoff voting
makes November 2." The Ferndale, MI ballot initiative's
lead organizer, Howard Ditkoff, discusses national IRV
victories. December 2004.
- Vermont Public Radio:
"Runoff voting." Cites opportunity and reasons for IRV
in Vermont. December 13, 2004.
- Oshkosh Northwestern: "Two-party
system spoils real choice in elections." November 7, 2004.
- Detroit Free
Press: "A to-do list for the day after Nov.
2." Demand for IRV to correct the spoiler problem. October
dismal runoff showing". Argues that IRV should be used in
primary elections to eliminate costly and low-turnout runoffs.
August 4, 2004
how about no primary? Lawyer pushes instant runoff
election." July 26, 2004.
Column: "Are Political Conventions
Necessary?" Former Vermont governor Howard Dean advocates
IRV in presidential primaries. July 26, 2004
News Network: "How to grab power without a
majority". Commentary on elections in India, March
Guardian (UK): "Nader
is a wrecker, but he is right about public malaise." Argues
that despite opprobrium, Nader's candidacy responds to public
sentiment. February 25, 2004.
Dreams: "It's the
Electoral System, Stupid!" February 23, 2004.
New Yorker (NY):
"Uncrazy California." Commentary by Hendrik
Hertzberg advocates IRV in the wake of the California recall.
November 17, 2003.
Angeles Daily News (CA):
"Instant runoffs only real solution." Al
Sheahan endorses IRV as the means to make every vote
count. October 20, 2003
"Ranked-choice ballots would benefit voters."
Commentary by J. Robert Latham advocating the use of IRV in
Utah elections. October 5, 2003.
Eagle (MA): "IRV can reform
voting." Pro-IRV commentary by Peter Vickery, President
of Fairvote Massachusetts. September 7, 2003
Francisco Chronicle: "Fufill
the will of voters." Op-ed piece that unravels the
minority-discriminating motivation for opposition to the new
election system. June 13, 2003.
Reader: "Making every vote
count." Commentary by Leif Utne praises efforts advancing instant
runoff voting. May 2003.
Albans Messanger (VT):
"How Your Vote Could Count." Commentary by Vermont
Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz champions instant runoff
voting in Vermont. February 17, 2003.
"Fuller, Fairer Elections? How? The 'instant runoff'
promotes majority rule, voter turnout," By Robert Richie.
December 10, 2002.
West Daily News (MA):
"Rader: Support for instant run-off voting." July 23,
Press Herald (ME):
"Instant runoff elections would guarantee majority
votes." July 5, 2002
Hope Column "Democrats
for IRV?" June 4, 2002
Nation "Let's Go
IRV!" Jim Hightower reports on the successes and promises
of IRV. May 10, 2002
Political Standard Commentary
by Robert Richie and Steven Hill discuss instant runoff voting
for t he Alliance for Better Campaigns. May 2002
time, money with instant runoffs." April 11, 2002
Post "How the
Majority Can Rule." March 19, 2002
"Instant-runoff could lure more voters." February 22,
Francisco Chronicle "Vote once
and determine the winners instantly." Two members of San
Francisco's Board of Supervisors discuss why San Franciscans
should support IRV for city elections. November 2001.
- Three commentaries by the Center's Caleb Kleppner: Avoid
Costly Runoff Elections, The
Instant Runoff, andA
Better Way to Run A Runoff.
on IRV in Roll Call, The Nation, New York Times,
Washington Post, TomPaine.Com, the Detroit Free Press
and the Colorado Daily. October 3, 2000.
Coverage of IRV in New York Times, Washington
Post, and Trenton Times.
Post CVD Vice-President Matthew Cossolotto
touts instant runoff voting for presidential elections. July
Francisco Chronicle "Let's Try
Instant Runoffs." By two members of the San Francisco Board
of Supervisors, Michael Yaki and Mark Leno. January 15, 2000.
Columbian "Instant Runoff Is One
Reform That Works," by John B. Anderson and John Gear,
October 6, 1999.
Buchanan's Dilemma By
Rob Richie and Caleb Kleppner, October 1, 1999.
Post "IRV and County Council Vacancies
in Maryland," Eric C. Olson, July 18, 1999.
Globe "A Fairer
System for Voters." Advocates for use of instant runoff
voting in Congressional primaries in Massachusetts. September
Pilot: "Our View: Primary
runoff system needed." Argues that instant runoff
voting offers a better representation of the people's
wishes. August 15, 2004.
Voting Offers More Choice to Voters." Berkeley votes on
IRV on March 2, with support from local newspaper and
the local League of Women Voters. February 24, 2004.
Beach Post: "Preserve voters'
choice." Leading Florida paper says adopting IRV would be
cause for celebration. June 11, 2003.
Francisco Bay Guardian (CA): "Making
IRV reality." Editorial encourages prompt
implementation of instant runoff voting in San Francisco.
April 16, 2003.
Columbian (WA): "In Our
View: A Better Ballot?" Editorial encourages Washington state
lawmakers to give municipalities in Washington the flexibility of
considering instant runoff voting. March 22, 2003.
Petersburg Times (FL): "The case
for runoffs: Many of Florida's most revered public officials
were elected in runoffs, which some shortsighted lawmakers want
to do away with altogether." December 18, 2002
TAB: (MA) "Electoral Yawns."
Article calling for instant runoff voting. September 26,
Clips A wide variety of quotes from newspapers
and journals across the country. January 2001.
StarPhoenix: "Wheat Board announces election
results." Canadian board uses IRV for mail-in election.
December 30, 2005.
- News release:
"IRV wins approval: Only 13% in San Francisco want to
return to runoffs." San Francisco Board of Supervisors
President Matt Gonzalez' take on voter approval. December 14,
analysis: David Grenell breaks down exit poll
information provided by San Francisco State University
professors and students. December 13, 2004.
Monica Mirror: "Wilmont Opts for Instant
Runoff Voting." Neighborhood in Santa Monica adopts IRV to
elect its officers. August 19, 2004.
Press Herald: "Let's
be sure winners always get more than half the vote."
Article advocates the use of IRV in U.S. elections. August 13,
Journal of Political Science: (available in PDF
format) "The Global Spread of Preferential Voting."
Australian political scientist Benjamin Reilly highlights the
global spread of IRV. August 11, 2004.
Press: "Edwards comes in first in
Independence Party caucus vote." 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 9, 2004.
Herald: (IL) "Poll shows
support for 'instant runoff'." Working with the Midwest
Democracy Center and Roosevelt University, CVD commissioned a
telephone poll in Illinois on its upcoming primary elections and
on instant runoff voting. February 27, 2004.
Bee (CA): "Instant Runoff Worth
Closer Look." Letter to editor by local League of Women
Voters president in Modesto, CA. December 3, 2003.
Times-Star (CA): "Reform
in the works for runoffs: Council directing two measures
to be readied for voters to consider on the March ballot."
Despite public support, IRV put on hold in Berkeley City
Council, possibly to be reconsidered next November.
Francisco Chronicle: "The Promise of
Instant Runoff Voting." August 19, 2003
Gazette (MA): "Are elections just a
game of chance?" Plug for IRV in Massachusetts and
California. August 16, 2003
- Win for Fair Elections at UC San Diego:
The UC San Diego Associated Students has announced that it
IRV for upcoming AS elections.
- The Washington state House of
Representatives has passed a bill allowing certain local
municipalities to use instant runoff voting. The story is
followed by the Vancouver
Columbian (March 14, 2003), the Oregonian (March
14, 2003), and Tacoma
News Tribune (February 25, 2003).
Francisco Chronicle : (CA) "Instant
Runoff Voting System Defended in San Francisco." Coverage
of rally by leading politicans supporting instant runoff
voting in San Francisco, including this recent recent
newspaper article about leading politicians supporting fair
and effective implementation. March 20, 2003.
Telegraph : "Patten's delight
as he wins race to be Oxford's new chancellor." The
University of Oxford recently elected Chris
Patten Lord Chancellor using
instant runoff voting. March 18, 2003.
Congress and the American People Disagree." Commentary
by Steven Hill and Rob Richie focuses on the
impact of winner-take-all elections on policy making. March
Gazette : (MA) "Reforms are
still wanted." Massachusetts activists continue to press
for election reforms, including instant runoff voting.
March 11, 2003.
Times Argus : (VT) "Instant runoff
backers differ from Sorrell." Leading Vermont analysts
argue instant runoff voting can be implemented by statute. February
- Tacoma News
Tribune : (WA) "'Instant runoff' idea
proposed again." Two members of the Washington State
Legislature revive instant runoff voting in a new round of
debate on runoff elections. February 25, 2003.
Herald : (NH) "Reformers Urge New
Method for Voting." Article discusses effort in Maine to
adopt instant runoff voting. February 24, 2003.
Press Herald (ME): "Support grows for
switch to run-off voting." February 19, 2003.
News Service "Primary runoffs could
make a comeback." News article highlights rising interest
in option of
instant runoff voting. February 16, 2003.
York Times (NY) "As Districts Are
Redrawn, Wary Neighbors See Odd Bedfellows." January 26,
Republic (AR) "Measure would
let troops get early ballots overseas." January 23, 2003
County Virginia Star:
(VA) "Legislator's Proposal: Vote for a first choice, and a
second." January 29, 2003
Jersey Star-Ledger (NJ):
"Court orders redrawing of election map." January 22,
(VT) "Groups still calling for instant runoff."
December 17, 2002
(MN) "Duluth voters might elect next mayor in a new
way." December 17, 2002
Olympian "New voting method
gains popularity." June 16, 2002
Daily News: "Instant runoff:
Alaska voters to decide change in electoral system." June
"Making Second-Place Votes Count." April 15, 2002
Diamondback (MD): "SGA
passes bill to eliminate repeat of last year's marathon
elections." April 8, 2002
- ElectionLine.org: "IRV
Makes Gains Nationwide After Strong March Performance."
April 5, 2002
York Times : "As
Easy as 1, 2, 3? San Franciscans Will Rank Candidates for
'Instant Runoffs.'" March 19, 2002
Angeles Times :
"San Francisco to Drop Local Runoff Elections
Ballots." March 14, 2002
"Voting system expert backs 'instant runoff.'" March
Post : Article briefly discusses
mathematical failings of plurality voting and outlines
alternative systems, including instant runoff voting. December
Francisco Chronicle "San
Francisco Supervisor Proposes Instant Runoff Elections" and
Francisco Examiner "Ammiano proposes
instant run-off ballot, " October 13, 1999.
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