Try instant runoff voting

By Julie Smith
Published July 26th 2005 in The Spokesman-Review

Why don't we give instant runoff voting a try in Spokane? Now that the courts have declared the "top two" primary unconstitutional, and voters disliked the "Montana style" primary used in the last election, let's try a voting method that is being used successfully and has been approved recently by the Legislature for use in Spokane city elections.

Voters are able to rank their votes in order of choice in the general election. This eliminates the expense of the primary and maximizes voter participation. It eliminates the "spoiler effect" because if your first choice gets less than 50 percent of the vote, your second choice vote is counted.

More choices is more democratic and it's constitutional, too!

Julie Smith