University of Maryland Election
The April 13-14 Student
Government elections at the University of Maryland-College Park made
the school the largest in the U.S. to use instant runoff voting. And
with five candidates vying for the presidency and many other
multi-candidate races, the system arrived
just in time.
Of the seven executive elections, six resulted in a runoff. But
through the online election system using IRV, UMD was able to save
money and time. Voter turnout also increased from last year to 22%.
We have collected the results of the IRV tallies.
The new voting system also received much attention from the
University of Maryland Diamondback student newspaper. Coverage
included a ranking of endorsements in order to help voters
understand how they would be voting under IRV. The following is a
sampling of coverage.
A better way to
vote: UMD senior
and former CVD program associate Eric Swalwell comments on
the first use of IRV. April 18, 2003.
Daly takes SGA
presidency: The Diamondback reports on the 2003
election results. April 18,
Insta-runoff: Quick fix
for a mess: The Diamondback analyzes IRV in the context
of the UMD elections. April 17, 2003.
SGA expects instant
runoff in election: This Election 2003 preview story
serves as a good description of IRV for
SGA: Election season endorsement column includes
recommendations on how voters should rank their choices. April 14,