Choice Voting in Davis, California

On February 20, 2003, UC-Davis students adopted choice voting for student senate elections and instant runoff voting for president.  The proponents of the change have compiled lots of information about the campaign and the implementation of choice voting at UC-Davis.  Please explore the previous link for more information.

The ballot statistics show a very high level of voter satisfaction in UC Davis's first two choice voting elections.

In the fall 2003-2004 election, 61% of voters elected their top choice, 82% of voters elected one of their top two choices, and 88% one of their top three. This was with nearly 2500 voters choosing among a field of 16 candidates.

In the winter 2003-2004 election, 55% of voters elected their top choice, 78% one of their top two choices, and 90% one of their top three. This was with over 4000 voters and a field of 14 candidates.

Compare these two election results to UC-Davis's former plurality system. In the winter 2000-2001 election, 48% of voters did not elect anyone from their top slate of candidates.

The success of UC-Davis student elections using choice voting and the energy and passion of its students led to the adoption of choice voting in the city of Davis.  On March 7, 2005, the City of Davis Governance Taskforce voted 8-1 to recommend choice voting for City Council elections. The taskforce presented a report to Davis City Council on April 5, 2005. After the Council accepted the findings, the citizens of Davis could have their say on choice voting in a ballot measure as soon as November 2005. 

Read the final report of the City of Davis Governance Task Force to the Davis City Council:

Read a report on the high level of satisfaction with UC Davis Choice Voting Elections from two UC Davis students.

Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
A better election system
Lowell Sun

Election expert Doug Amy explains how choice voting can "inject new blood" into the elections of Lowell (MA), and give voters a greater incentive to participate.

October 16th 2009
Haven't Detroit voters spoken enough?
Livingston Daily

In Detroit, there have been three mayors in the past two years and the current one has come under scrutiny. Perhaps a system like instant runoff voting will help bring political stability to motor city.

August 21st 2009
Black candidate for Euclid school board to test new voting system
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Limited voting, a form of proportional voting, will be used in Euclid (OH), in the hopes of allowing better representation of minorities.

July 2nd 2009
Reforming Albany
New York Times

FairVote's Rob Richie responds in a letter to the editor making the case for proportional voting systems to bring substantive reform to New York's legislature.