Voters Pamphlet Statement Against
The nominating Primaries and General elections have served voters, candidates and our political system well for many decades. Both major political Parties strongly oppose IRV because its primary purpose is to weaken and destroy the political Parties which are essential to representative government. Informed voters are crucial to our electoral process; but they depend on the political Parties to recruit, develop, train, promote, and support candidates and public policies which individual voters cannot possibly accomplish for themselves. The Parties also sponsor public forums; “get out the vote;” monitor elections; hold politicians accountable. IRV would destroy the life-blood of our political system at enormous unnecessary expense. Voting for multiple unknown, untested candidates only at the General election would require multiple ballots, cause confusion and delay election results. The scheme was rejected by the 1996 Charter Review Commission. It should be rejected again.
Burt L. Talcott, Beckie Summers, Kevin Wimsett