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.
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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.
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.
Tuesday's elections brought direct advances for IRV in Minnesota and elsewhere, along with disappointments in places like Aspen.
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.
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."
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 ...
A round of electoral reform victories in key ballot measures suggest that Americans have had enough of antiquated electoral laws.
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.
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