Thursday, July 10, 2008

MORE THAN HALF OF TOP UNIVERSITIES USE INSTAND RUNOFF VOTING

Fair Vote Instant runoff voting is used by more than half of the nation's top thirty universities for student government elections on campus (based on rankings by U.S. News and World Report) and the voting system has been adopted by students for their elections in more than forty colleges and universities nationwide.

The spring student election season brought another successful round of IRV, including first-time use at the University of Iowa, with its highest turnout student election ever. Other recent adoptions of IRV include the University of California at San Diego, UCLA, Santa Fe Community College (FL) and North Carolina State. Overall, Fair Vote estimates at least 30,600 students voted in IRV elections for student government in the past spring elections.

IRV allows voters to simply rank candidates according to their preferences, rather than selecting only one choice. If no candidate receives a majority of first choices, the candidate with the fewest number of votes is eliminated and successive runoffs are simulated according to the voter's preferences until one of them receives a majority among votes for remaining candidates.

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