Adopting Fair Elections for
Interest in fair elections
systems for student elections around the country has been gaining momentum. More and
more schools are following the recommendations of Roberts
Rules of Order and using instant runoff voting (also called "preferential voting") for
single winner elections like student body president. And some
schools have also added the choice voting method of full representation
for their legislative elections. This has been
evidenced by two recent victories at major U.S. universities.
University of California at San Diego
After the Associated Students formed a Voting Systems
Task Force to study the benefits of 10 different voting methods, IRV
was chosen as best option for electing their executive officers.
Read a press
release about the move.
University of California at Davis
On February 20, students at UCD voted 67%-33% to use
choice voting for Associated Student Senate elections and IRV for
presidential elections. The California Aggie reports
on the change.
Duke Student Government will elect their
six executive committee members through instant runoff voting. After
approving the system for this spring, officials will
be able to avoid a costly runoff for the spring
2004 election. Read coverage of the change from The
Building on our
Fair elections systems such as instant runoff voting and choice
voting are especially suited to student government elections because
of the diverse voting population and the high possibility for three
or more candidates. CVD, as the nation’Äôs leading advocate of these
reforms is interested in improving student government elections for
all students. This site will provide an introduction to possible
reforms and why they fit into the student government format.
In addition, we are currently compiling a list of Student
Governments that engage in some kind of fair elections method.
This list will serve as a clearinghouse of examples for other
schools to follow. Some schools currently use only IRV or only
Choice Voting, and some use both. We have separated the site into
These lists are not complete however, so please notify
us at [email protected]
if you know of any schools not on our list that use fair
elections voting methods. We have also collected a series of news articles related fair
elections in student government.
addition to providing resources to students interested in fair
elections at their schools, CVD also has experience with the
administration of elections at
schools and for private companies and