Regarding IRV… |

Regarding IRV…

Dear Editor:

I don’t want to get involved in the argument over instant run-off voting in Aspen (mostly because I have found it a waste of time to use fact and logic to debate anyone arguing from a basis of faith and fear that their comfortable status quo might be changed), but I do want to clear up an error stated by both your reporter and at least one of the people who wrote a letter to you concerning this matter, and that is the statement that IRV has never been used in the United States.

A quick Google search found that the following U.S. governments currently use IRV:

– Arkansas (adopted 2007; overseas voters)

– Burlington, Vt. (adopted 2005)

– Cambridge, Mass. (adopted 1941; proportional voting method of choice voting)

– Cary, N.C. (adopted 2006)

– Hendersonville, N.C. (adopted 2006)

– Louisiana (adopted1990s; overseas and military voters)

– North Carolina (adopted 2006; certain judicial vacancies)

– San Francisco (adopted 2002)

– Springfield, Ill. (adopted 2007; overseas and military voters)

– South Carolina (adopted 2006; overseas voters)

– Takoma Park, M.D. (adopted 2006)

And yes, they use them for multi-seat elections. Several U.S. universities also use IRV for student body elections. Further, IRV is, and has been, used successfully in Ireland and Australia, amongst other countries, both for national and local elections.

On the other hand, if anyone can screw it up…

Agustin Goba

Snowmass Village

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