A vote for a new voting system – Letter to the editor Minneapolis Star Tribune 11/15/06

November 23, 2006

The last two elections have been classic demonstrations of the need for instant runoff elections. I wonder how many people would have voted for other candidates if they had a choice of ranking them by order of desirability. I wonder who would have actually won had instant runoff elections been in operation.

Instant runoff elections would provide the Independence Party with more legitimacy because voters could truly vote for who they wanted in office instead of voting for another candidate out of fear that their vote could be wasted. Better still, the least desired candidate will not gain office.

The two major parties have resisted this legislation because they recognize the potential outcome, but it is time for voters to demand instant runoff elections.

MARK ANDERSON


Amendment 3 passes in Pierce County

November 23, 2006

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.