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letter from Berkeley Voice re national IRV

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  • IRV Alliance
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 19, 2006
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      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:
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      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      problem is that Mexico is a failing democracy because of an outdated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.
      http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/californ
      ia/alameda_county/berkeley/16035974.htm

      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.
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