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December 21, 2006

Viaduct Issue is a Perfect Use of Instant Runoff Voting

An instant runoff voting ballot would allow Seattle voters to rank their Viaduct replacement options in order of preference e.g. No rebuild/surface #1, Tunnel #2, Rebuild #3. If no option wins 50% of the votes, the votes of the third place option are redestributed until there is a majority for one of the options.

InstantRunoff.com even has a Flash demo showing how IRV would have helped Gore win the election while allowing people to vote for Nader as their number one option and Gore as number two (of course, properly counting the votes in Florida would have made Gore President as well).

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Posted by Jeff on December 21, 2006 at 11:48 PM in Ballot Initiatives | Permalink

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I think you really may have hit on something here. Let's see if anyone picks up on this.

Posted by: Jon Stahl | Dec 22, 2006 3:39:41 PM

I second that.

Posted by: Lynn | Dec 22, 2006 4:23:47 PM

Great idea! Now someone has to get the Seattle City Council on the line and ask them if they can set specific requirements for a public vote. If not, they would have to change the rules to allow it for a certain class of elections.

I would love it if initiatives let you use IRV.

Posted by: Tahoma Activist | Dec 24, 2006 4:51:12 PM

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