I thought it would be good to set goals for the new organization,
Virginians for Instant Runoff Voting. Please let me know if you have
any suggestions. Some examples might be:
Short-term goals (0-2 years):
1) Introduce a bill in the General Assembly to authorize a pilot
project in which several local governments would be allowed to conduct
elections by Instant Runoff Voting. Obtain opinions on the proposed
language from allied political organizations (FairVote, Greens,
Libertarians, etc.) before submitting a draft bill to legislators.
2) Make significant progress toward instituting IRV in student
government elections in at least two of Virginia's colleges and
universities (other than UVA, which already uses it).
3) Conduct IRV outreach and education (e.g. county fair booths,
letters to newspapers, the website, etc.)
4) Recruit supporters from around the Commonwealth. Gather signatures
and contact information via an online pro-IRV petition.
5) Elect officers, directors, and advisory committee members.
Medium-term goals (2-5 years):
1) Pass the IRV pilot project bill. Promote the project's success by
identifying towns, cities, and counties ripe for IRV implementation;
conducting outreach and educational activities in those areas; and
obtaining full participation by as many local governments as the
statute will allow.
2) Successfully institute IRV in student elections at two or more
Virginia colleges and universities.
Long-term goals (5+ years):
1) Pass a bill allowing local governments to use IRV on a permanent
basis prior to the expiration of the IRV pilot project statute.
2) Pass a bill to use IRV in House of Delegates and Senate elections,
in preparation for an eventual shift to multi-seat district single
transferable vote elections.
2) Pass an amendment to the Virginia Constitution authorizing the use
of IRV in Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General elections.
3) Participate in the nationwide movement to elect the President by
the national instant runoff vote. This could be done by an interstate
compact or by an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.