Instant runoff elections

By Adam Kleppner
Published March 13th 2009 in The Caledonian Record
To the Editor:

Burlington just conducted an election for mayor using Instant Runoff Elections. This method quickly produced a candidate with a majority vote in a field of four candidates. It eliminated the need of a runoff election which would have required further campaigning on the part of the candidates and additional expense by the taxpayers. 

IRV is used by a number of cities throughout the country and by numerous organizations as well as by some foreign countries. It has proved to be an efficient way of electing someone with a majority vote in elections in which there are more than two candidates. It should be used not only in Burlington but in all state-wide elections for both federal and state offices.

Adam Kleppner

Wardsboro, Vt.