Ferndale, MI residents are trying to get instant runoff voting going for their city (via mousemusings). Instant runoff voting (IRV) is a system where you rank candidates instead of selecting only one. There are several benefits to it, but the most important one is that it is the biggest threat to the two party system. With IRV, people can vote for 3rd party or independent candidates (like Mr. Hans Masing) while giving secondary preference to more established parties. That way a vote for Nader isn’t a vote taken away from Gore. With all the problems with voting right now it would be nice to see some real progress.
2 responses to “IRV in Ferndale”
I’ve heard rumors that there is a plot to get IRV onto the A2 ballot next November. When I asked (of the person I heard it from) for details, all I was given was a webpage discussing IRV’s short reign in A2 circa 1972. Do you know of any more solid discussion for the present? Or…would you be interested in any more solid discussion for the present?
I don’t know of anything in Ann Arbor yet, but I’m not exactly Rob when it comes to keeping up on the local news. I would be supportive of any spread of IRV, which will most likely have to start at the local level.