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jeremy cobert
United States
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I love instant run off voting, so this sort of took me by surprise.

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Mainers have just done something big for American democracy: they’ve voted to change how they vote.
More than 52% of voters said “yes” to Question 5, a ballot measure to adopt “ranked-choice” voting at all levels of office except the president

Making Maine the first state in the nation to do so.



Not sure why they left off the presidential election, but its a great start.

http://qz.com/828585/maine-is-adopting-a-voting-system-that-...
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Paul W
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Interesting. I'm glad to see IRV gain a foothold in American politics...hopefully other states take note of the results and follow the trend.
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Oliver Dienz
United States
Burlington
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We had IRV for mayoral elections for a few years until it got repealed by a sound majority: http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/87372/burlington-voters-repea...

IRV looks good at first sight but has its problems when put to the test.
http://www1.cs.columbia.edu/~unger/articles/irv.html
 
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J.D. Hall
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Did not know this. Thanks Jeremy. States are the petri dishes for the country. Let's see how this works.
 
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Stephen Rost
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How do we know the people of Maine truly prefer IRV over plurality voting and all of the other possible voting methods? Because it won in a referendum by plurality vote!

Me thinks there is an amusing paradox in there somewhere…
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