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The effort in Washington State to implement majority rule reform: the instant runoff. Instant runoff voting (IRV) requires the winner of an election to earn a majority (more than 50%) of the votes. 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. Read about IRV initiative 318 at www.irvwa.org.
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- Nov 29, 2000
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