Burlington IRV Race Heats Up

With the entry of a Progressive candidate into the mayor's race, and a City Councilor weighing an independent bid, IRV looks on track to be put to the test in Burlington, Vermont.

The election in March will be the first time in Vermont that an elected official will be chosen by IRV, which allows voters to rank candidates in order of first, second, third, fourth and more choices, rather than vote for just one. The decision to use IRV won by a landslide margin on a ballot question in March of last year.

IRV is supported by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean as well as independent Congressman and former Burlington mayor Bernie Sanders, and nationally by such figures as John McCain and Barak Obama.

[ FairVote's IRV in Vermont page ]
[ Learn who else supports IRV ]
[ Read a recent oped by Bill McKibben on IRV in Vermont ]