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Under IRV, those second-choice votes automatically ("instantly," as it were) would have gone to Gore.
Alternatively, one can view IRV as a single transferable vote applied to elections with one winner.
IRV is proving a winning argument for both Democrats and Republicans when confronted with actual or potential spoilers.
Advocates of IRV say the system is more accommodating to independent-minded candidates, who can run and introduce fresh ideas into electoral debate without spoiling the outcome for another, more popular candidate.
If Greens are going to build a genuine political alternative they will have to rediscover IRV.
But good organizing and the inherent beauty of IRV prevailed in a 55-45 victory--and America will now have a big-city example of this reform in action.
San Franciscans may become the vanguards for IRV when they vote in March on an IRV city charter amendment.
In September IRV took to the streets during an antiausterity march in Dublin city centre.
The Cobb campaign did a great job in introducing IRV to more Americans, and in a bright spot on the tumultuous electoral landscape, IRV supporters can take heart in three landslide wins during November's ballot.
IRV allows voters to rank candidates in the order of their preference--1, 2, 3, and so on.
In Vermont, 51 of 54 town meetings supported a League of Women Voters-sponsored proposal to use IRV for electing statewide offices.
IRV simulates a series of runoff elections, but in a single round of voting; thus it is faster, cheaper, and better (in terms of turnout) than two-round runoffs.
They share our tradition of electing candidates by plurality--a system whereby voters have one vote, and the top vote-getter wins--but they now also use IRV for most important elections.
Let's look at how IRV might have made a difference.
Used in Ireland and Australia, and recently adopted for San Francisco's elections and for congressional and gubernatorial nominations by the Utah Republican Party, IRV has drawn bipartisan support from John McCain, Howard Dean and Rep.
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