Friday, May 16, 2008

RCV Spring in Washington

Ranked Choice Voting (aka Instant Runoff Voting or IRV) has enjoyed a real surge in popularity this spring in the state of Washington.

The King County Charter Review Commission has recommended to the County Council to form a task force to investigate using Pierce County-style RCV in their county level elections.

The Washington State Youth Legislature passed a bill to use RCV to elect its officers in future years.

The UW Seattle students used IRV to elect their student body officers on Tuesday. All of the winners received support from a majority of the voters despite there being several candidates in each race. In addition, turnout was up significantly.

Last, but certainly not least, the Pierce County Elections Department is deep in preparation for the largest RCV election in US history this November. Voter education is beginning and enhancements to voting systems are being put into place.

RCV is breaking out all over.

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