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Instant-Runoff Voting
08-14-2011, 11:35 PM (This post was last modified: 08-14-2011 11:43 PM by admin.)
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Instant-Runoff Voting
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting
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Instant-runoff voting (IRV), also known as the alternative vote (AV) and ranked choice voting, is a voting system used to elect one winner from a pool of candidates using preferential voting. Voters rank candidates in order of preference, and their ballots are counted as one vote for their first choice candidate. If a candidate secures a majority of votes cast, that candidate wins. Otherwise, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. A new round of counting takes place, with each ballot counted as one vote for the advancing candidate who is ranked highest on that ballot. This process continues until the winning candidate receives a majority of the vote against the remaining candidates.

Instant runoff voting is used to elect members of the Australian House of Representatives,[1] the President of India, members of legislative councils in India, the President of Ireland,[2] the national parliament of Papua New Guinea, and the House of Representatives of Fiji.[3] It is also used in Irish by-elections and for electing hereditary peers for the British House of Lords.[4]

IRV is employed by several jurisdictions in the United States, including Portland, Maine; San Francisco, California;[5] Oakland, California;[6] Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Saint Paul, Minnesota.[5] It is used to elect the leaders of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom and the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in a national primary[7] and in the elections of city mayors in a number of countries. IRV is used to elect the mayor in cities such as London in the United Kingdom (in the variant known as supplementary vote)[8] and Dunedin and Wellington in New Zealand.[9]

Many private associations also use IRV,[10] including the Hugo Awards for science fiction[11] and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in selection of the Oscar for best picture.[12]
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10-01-2011, 01:16 PM
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RE: Instant-Runoff Voting
Thanks for explaining how this works. I had never heard of it before.
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10-02-2011, 11:15 PM
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You're welcome. Smile

Thanks for the reminder that there needs to be more content on this forum than that one post, tho. Wink
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10-26-2011, 05:18 PM
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RE: Instant-Runoff Voting
Sounds like a potentially cost saving election process
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