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The effort in Vermont to implement majority rule reform: instant runoff voting (IRV). 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, the candidates with the no chance of winning is eliminated, and then each ballot counts as one vote for the highest-ranked candidate on each ballot who is still in the running . This way the majority winner can be determined without a costly second election. A recommended voting procedure in Robert's Rules of Order, IRV is used in Ireland and Australia. the instant runoff will keep the selection of Vermont's governor in the hands of the voters (rather than the general assembly's) and ensure our elected officials have the broadest amount of support.
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- Nov 21, 2000
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