October 29, 2009

You want insane election results? Just try IRV!

Posted in Elections, IRV, voting tagged , , , at 10:23 pm by bluebanshee

One of the many dubious claims about Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is that it will produce a consensus winner.  Not always true, as has been found in studies of both Aspen, CO and Burlington, VT.  The candidate with the most first and second place support does not always win.  This is because it is possible to hurt your preferred candidate by turning out too many supporters in his behalf.  How is this possible?  Just take a look at this explanatory video to see how this could happen (and has indeed happened in real elections in various places across the U.S.)

Why is this more democratic?  Why would voters prefer the kind of result described in this video to a straightforward up-or-down vote?

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2 Comments »

  1. Thanks!

    This is great.

    WJK

  2. Lea Terhune said,

    What might someone know about FairVote violating election laws? They are sending money to fight repeal of IRV in Burlington, VT (the vote is March 2) and there’s been some secrecy about Fair Vote involvement apparently. Are they legit, honorable, transparent?


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