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The effort in Pennsylvania to implement majority rule reform: the instant runoff. This simple change to our voting system requires the winner of an election to earn 50% of the vote. Voters get to rank their candidates, ending the talk of 'spoilers' or 'wasted votes.' If no one gets a majority of first place votes (a president hasn't done that since the 1980s), the losing candidate is eliminated, and like a runoff election, his supporters choose their second-choice candidate. This process of instant runoffs continues until one candidate earns a majority. Used in Ireland and Australia, the instant runoff will avoid the chaos of the 2000 presidential election and ensure our elected officials have the broadest amount of support. We want to use this for the general election, for the primaries, for city elections in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and every other town in the state, and finally for county elections. Join us!
- Government & Politics
- Feb 26, 2001
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