Instant runoff is the way to go


Published: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 1, 2006 at 2:16 a.m.
Kudos, to the City Commission for unanimously voting on June 26 to look into implementing Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) to improve our voting system in Gainesville. IRV would save the city money in elections between three or more candidates by cutting out the need for separate runoff elections.
This type of progressive voting system also eliminates the politics involved in the one vote-majority rules voting system that we have today. People would be able to vote for who they really wanted to serve the city versus voting for someone that they don't totally align themselves with. This system also eliminates "spoiler" candidates. If a person's first choice doesn't make the cut - if no candidate earns over 50 percent of the vote and their first choice had the least percentage - then their vote would still be able to support their second choice.
The icing on the cake is that this system also typically captures most of the public's true voting intention because there is only one election.
Typical runoff elections usually draw less people to the polls than the general election, meaning less of the public ultimately chooses who wins the election.

Judd Adam Larson,

Gainesville

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