Tag Archives: IRV

Greens enter Portland, Maine’s first mayoral race; hope for boost from IRV

From the Portland Daily Sun:

Portland this year embarks on an elected-mayor campaign that replaces a council-appointed mayor with one elected to an at-large seat. Through a city charter change, voters also will choose their next mayor through rank choice voting, where if any candidate falls short of a majority, then the “second choice” votes come into play in the tabulation.

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‘The New Yorker’ looks at voting systems, from plurality to IRV to range voting

From a new, interesting piece in The New Yorker that reads like a few-page version of William Poundstone’s book “Gaming the Vote,” which is also worth reading (the full thing can be read here):

Why are the effects of an unfamiliar electoral system so hard to puzzle out in advance?

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Election nixes IRV for Burlington, sets back Progressive Party

Although official results are not available yet, it is expected that in Tuesday’s election in Burlington, Vermont, city voters got rid of the instant runoff voting system they had been using since 2006 and voted one Progressive Party politician out of office.  The Progressive Party has two seats on the city council, as do two independents. … Read more ...

Richard Winger of Ballot Access News critiques Top-Two proposal in California

Many people who support “top-two” are unaware that the system, in practice, results in a complete absence of minor party and independent candidates from the November ballot. – Richard Winger, Ballot Access News

from Ballot Access News
“Top-Two” Gains Support Among California Democratic Party Leaders
September 5th, 2009

California voters will vote on the “top-two” system in June 2010.

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Papa John Kolstad, IRV and Pizza

While the mainstream news reports on Papa John’s pizza, and its founder’s retrieved Camaro, the political world has been percolating the story about a unique, independent candidate running for Mayor of Minneapolis, who happens to be called “Papa John.” Papa John Kolstad received his nickname as a blues singer. He will be running on the ballot name “Independent Civic Leader”.… Read more ...

Nirvana co-founder Krist Novoselic running for office in Washington State

h/t to BOOG CITY editor David Kirschenbaum

Krist Novoselic has played with the bands: Nirvana, Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, and Flipper. He is also an electoral reform activist who advocates for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and initiated a political action committee called JAMPAC to support artistic freedom. Novoselic has filed to run for County Clerk of Wahkiakum County, Washington.… Read more ...

IRV battle heats up in Burlington, Vermont

Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a voting reform measure endorsed by groups such as Fair Vote. IRV is often cited as helping third parties have a better chance to win. In Burlington, Vermont, the election for Mayor is done through IRV. Now, the community is having an argument about the pros and cons of the system.… Read more ...

3rd Party activists meet in Minneapolis

Report sent to contact.ipr@gmail.com by Michael Calvan RN. No changes have been made to the text.

Last week there was a meeting of Third Party activists in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and strategize on building an effective electoral resistance to the current pro-war, corporate corrupted two party system.

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Vermont Bill to Use IRV for Special Congressional Elections

from Ballot Access News
Vermont Bill to Use IRV for Special Congressional Elections
March 16th, 2009

Vermont Representative Jason Lorber (D-Burlington) has introduced H298. It provides that in special U.S. House elections, there would no longer be a primary. Instead there would be a single election event, at which all candidates would run, and Instant Runoff Voting would be used.

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Author and analyst Steven Hill assesses top two primary for California

In an oped in the Sacramento Bee, Steven Hill judges whether or not top two primaries would solve California’s political problems, based on how they’ve done in Washington state.

Steven Hill is an analyst for the Center for Voting and Democracy, the director of the Political Reform Program for the New America Foundation, and an author. … Read more ...

City Council races in Burlington, Vermont on March 3rd

Burlington, Vermont is one of the most friendly cities in the nation to third parties.  On “Town Meeting Day,” which will be March 3rd this year, citizens will gather and elect local officials with instant runoff voting.  Their choices include independents, Burlington Greens, Democrats, Republicans, and Progressives.

While there will be more than just the City Council at stake (and there will be elections throughout Vermont), tonight I will only be covering the Burlington City Council for the sake of time. … Read more ...

Trouble in paradise: is instant runoff voting unconstitutional in Minnesota?

Critics of instant runoff voting (IRV) are gaining steam in Minneapolis, which instituted the alternative form of voting a few years ago. They are challenging the constitutionality of the Minneapolis voting system, and they are claiming that it leads to confusion and the kind of voting troubles that have complicated the Minnesota Senate race.… Read more ...