Instant runoff voting is the only alternative to existing plurality voting that fails more of Arrow’s Fairness criteria because it is nonmonotonic (removes the right to cast a vote that increases a candidate’s chance to win) and does *not* solve the spoiler problem. IRV also removes voters’ rights to participate in the final decision round and eliminates the right to have their votes counted equally with other voters’. Only some voters have their 2nd choices counted when their 1st choice loses. IRV tends to eliminate majority favorite candidates and elect extreme right or left candidates due to letting voters of the least favorite candidates have the most say. Learn how IRV *really* works at http://electionmathematics.org/ and oppose it strongly.
Archive for February, 2010
The Burlington, VT IRV Debate
IRV Debate Question – Disenfranchisement – VT
Instant Runoff Voting – St. Paul Debate
Restricting Voters to Ranking 3 Candidates
Instant Runoff Voting – An Informative Visual Tutorial – IRV – RCV
Instant Runoff Voting – Every Vote Counts!
Instant Runoff Voting – False Majorities
Instant Runoff Voting – The Case of the Missing Ballots
Is Instant Runoff Voting Fair?
Instant Runoff Voting – Voting Civil Rights
Instant Runoff Voting – Mayor of San Francisco Wants to Get Rid of It!
Instant Runoff Voting – Vote Your Conscience
Instant Runoff Voting – A Mayoral Election Example
Instant Runoff Voting – Is it Democratic? An analysis of the Burlington, VT election.
WEB SITES WITH MORE INFO ON IRV
An informative web site for information on Instant Runoff Voting.
The Burlington 2009 mayor election was done with IRV and we have the full set of ballots. The Burlington IRV election exhibited practically every pathology in the book, including non-monotonicity Report is posted here:
Realities Mar Instant Runoff Voting – 18 Flaws and 4 Benefits
I urge you strongly to protect the fairness and integrity of elections by opposing the adoption of the instant runoff voting method for counting rank choice ballots.