just came across the following on the web. does anyone
know anything about last year's SB 233 (which is mentioned
in the article)?
from: Ballot Access News -- March 1, 2001
MANY INSTANT-RUNOFF VOTING BILLS
The movement to introduce alternate forms of voting seems
stronger than it has been in at least 75 years, judging from
the number of states with bills to adopt, or to study,
Instant-Runoff Voting in federal and state elections:
1. California: AB 1515
2. Hawaii: SB 1270
3. Maine: LR 1256
4. Maryland: SB 233
5. Massachusetts: H3281
6. Minnesota: HB 327
7. New Mexico: SJR 25
8. Vermont: S94, H175
9. Washington: SB 5338 and SB 5006
The California bill only applies to special elections, but its
sponsor is the Speaker of the Assembly. The Massachusetts
bill calls for study of IRV; the other bills would actually
implement it. In addition to these bills, the voters of Alaska
will be voting on the idea next year.
USA Today editorialized in favor of IRV on February 5.
The Center for Voting and Democracy (the national organization
which is coordinating the movement for alternate voting systems)
is co-sponsoring an Electoral Reform Conference at Stanford
University, Palo Alto, California, on March 3, between 9:30 am
and 3 pm. For more information, see www.calirv.org/meetings/mar3.htm,
or telephone Nancy Couperus at (650)-941-4808.