Burlington to try instant runoff voting again

By Associated Press
Published February 20th 2009 in Vermont Public Radio
For a second time, voters in Burlington will choose their mayor next month through instant run-off voting - ranking their choices, rather than choosing just one preference.

If none receives a majority, the lowest vote getter is eliminated and voters' second choices are added to the totals.

Last year, Mayor Bob Kiss became the first Vermont executive elected via instant runoff voting, which was approved in Burlington in 2005.

A survey conducted by University of Vermont political students in March 2006 found that most voters favored the new system.

On March 3, they will get to try it again. The ballot will have five candidates for mayor. Voters will be asked to rank them and - at a minimum - choose a first choice.