Instant Runoff Voting for Statewide Offices
In March 2002 -- mostly on
Vermont town meeting day, March 5 --voters in 52 out of
55 towns voted to endorse a League of Women Voters
proposal to use instant runoff voting for statewide elections.
Backers of the instant runoff voting question included Governor
Howard Dean, Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz, former New York
Times columnist Tom Wicker (who addressed his local town meeting)
and the Grange, while the most recent Republican candidate for governor,
Ruth Dwyer, was a sponsor of instant runoff legislation when she served
in the Vermont House. Below you will find links to
details about the town hall meeting votes as well as related
articles and editorials.
Meeting Instant Runoff Voting Advisory Question Results
Associated Press: "Secretary of
State lends support to instant runoff elections."
Rutland Herald: "Instant
Solution." March 10, 2002
"'Yes' to Instant Runoff Voting." March 11, 2002
Burlington Free Press:
"Democratic Runoff." March 13, 2002
Press: "Time has come for IRV reform." March 17,