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    FRONTLINES, the newspaper of the Left http://www.sf-frontlines.com San Francisco s Attempt to Use Instant Runoff Voting in Jeopardy By Gino Pepi *Summer
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 9, 2003
      FRONTLINES, the newspaper of the Left
      http://www.sf-frontlines.com


      San Francisco's Attempt to Use Instant Runoff Voting in Jeopardy
      By Gino Pepi

      *Summer Barbecue at Election Commission Meeting. Democratic Party local
      machine's stalling tactics. Activists arrested. Lawsuit announced

      Voters in San Francisco approved "instant runoff voting" (IRV, otherwise
      known as ranked choice voting) 17 months ago, as Ballot Proposition A.

      In that 17 months, it is only recently that proposals to actually run
      the November 4, Mayoral election with IRV were sent to the state Voting
      Systems Procedures (VSP) commission for approval.

      The VSP meets in Sacramento and acts under authority of California
      Secretary of State Kevin Shelley (former San Francisco Supervisor and
      State Assembly representative)and a close associate to the SF local
      Democratic Party machine. Shelley stated that IRV could not be
      implemented on time for the November 4, Mayoral election.

      Mayor Willie Brown, and his anointed candidate for Mayor, right wing
      Gavin Newsom oppose the implementation of IRV as it will deprive Newsom
      of any chance to win the election by making unnecessary a low turnout
      runoff election in December.

      Conventional wisdom indicates that most voters, in ranking their first
      three preferences would choose among liberals Tom Ammiano and Angela
      Alioto and the candidate of Green and progressive leftists, Matt
      Gonzalez.

      Read the entire article at:
      http://www.sf-frontlines.com
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