City of Burlington IRV repeal scheduled for March ballot

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February 1, 2010

BURLINGTON, Vermont: Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), a hotly debated issue, has returned to the Vermont. Following a hearing on January 29, the city council opted give voters in the City of Burlington the chance to repeal the current IRV process. The measure will appear on the March 2, 2010 citywide ballot. Instant-runoff voting is a voting system used for single winner elections in which voters rank candidates in order of preference. In an IRV election, if no candidate receives an overall majority of first preferences, the candidates with fewest votes are eliminated one by one, and their votes transferred according to their second and third preferences (and so on) and all votes retallied, until one candidate achieves a majority. IRV advocates argue that the process helps deliver the "outright majority rather than a lesser plurality under the traditional system." However, opponents argue that the voting system has more cons than pros.[1]

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