letter from Berkeley Voice re national IRV
- It should really help the national IRV movement when you can get
letters-to-editors touting IRV to help save failing democracies.
ie, this letter is in this week's Berkeley Voice:
Reforms in voting
I applaud those who call for reform in Mexico. But the underlying
problem is that Mexico is a failing democracy because of an outdated
election system that is inadequate.
One single choice between multiple candidates leaves the majority of
voters unrepresented and disempowered, resulting in poor government
policies that do not serve the people.
Failing democracies such as Mexico, Haiti, Thailand, Nepal, Palestine
and Iraq could learn from San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland:
Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is better democracy. Counting second and
third choices means counting more voters. IRV elections favor broadly
supported moderates, not polarized partisans.
The Irish economy is booming and separatist violence has ended since
Ireland modernized to IRV. For better government, all democracies
should modernize to use ranked voting without delay.
Just getting letters in local papers will help towards getting one
in the NYT soon enough to help inspire some legislation for state IRV
to be introduced somewhere next session.