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Instant Runoff Voting

Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

If you have an election where the winner gets four percent of the eligible electorate, is that a functioning democracy? I just lost such a runoff contest in New York City.

The Grinch Who Steals Our Elections

Gautam Dutta | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Gautam Dutta

Between resignations and politicians' office-hopping, special elections cannot be avoided. Fortunately, there's a proven way to rescue hapless voters and taxpayers -- Instant Runoff Voting.

Instant Runoff Voting: The Oscars, National Referendum in UK and Much More

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

The House of Commons yesterday voted overwhelmingly to hold a national referendum on IRV, and the use of IRV in the Oscar vote for best picture this year is getting growing attention.

Instant Runoff Voting on Election Day 2009: Wins, Losses and the Long-Term Trajectory of Reform

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Tuesday's elections brought direct advances for IRV in Minnesota and elsewhere, along with disappointments in places like Aspen.

And the Oscar for Best Voting System Goes to ... Instant Runoff Voting

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Richie

Before 1945, the Academy picked classics like Casablanca and Gone with the Wind. But it switched to plurality voting because it can encourage Oscar upsets.

Lessons From Downtown Business Attacks on Instant Runoff Voting in San Francisco

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

It's only a matter of time before IRV becomes a fixture in our politics -- that within a decade the phrase "Rock the Vote" will effectively be replaced by "Rank the Vote."

Three-Way Tossup in Virginia Primary Shouldn't Block Majority Winner

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

My colleague Paul Fidalgo wrote a blog post today over at the FairVote blog that I thought timely to share. You can see a range of new posts there on ...

Electoral Reform on the Ballot: Wins for Instant Runoff Voting and More

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

A round of electoral reform victories in key ballot measures suggest that Americans have had enough of antiquated electoral laws.

Disenfranchised Again in California

Tad Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tad Daley

The democracy fatigue that so many of us are experiencing this week in Los Angeles could have been remedied with one easy modification to the electoral system: instant runoff voting.