The Vancouver Columbian notes with approval the passage of Amendment 3 and calls for the Vancouver City Council to approve IRV for city elections. IRV is gaining approval from newspapers across the state. The Tacoma News Tribune, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Peninsula Gateway and the Seattle Weekly have all written on IRV over the last couple of months.
The Seattle Times has congratulated the voters of Pierce County for passing Charter Amendment 3 and voting to implement Instant Runoff Voting in place of the despised pick-a-party primary for county level officials. The editorial goes on to suggest the King County Charter Review Commission should put a similar measure on the ballot for consideration by King County voters.
The Times notes that Instant Runoff Voting would be a big improvement in how we elect our statewide officials as well as our state legislators. The state legislature should look for ways to help this reform come to full flower.
In the November 2006 election, Pierce County voters passed Charter Amendment 3 which will replace the pick-a-party primary with Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for most county level offices. This victory for voting reform has raised interest in IRV throughout the state.