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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 9:32 am    Post subject: Instant Runoff Voting Reply with quote

Instant runoff voting allows voters to select not just one candidate, but to rank all candidates in order of preference. So, for voters who may want to cast a vote for a fringe or independent candidate, ordinarily they may hesitate because doing so would be giving a vote to the mainstream opposition. In the case of IRV, those votes would be folded into the second choice candidate.

Votes are folded in until one candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote...thus avoiding the situation of electing people without a majority (such as Bill Clinton during the 90s) because of the splintering effect of 3rd party candidates.

It was recently enacted in Pierce County near Tacoma, Washington:
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