Instant Runoff Voting in Los Angeles Gains Steam

A city of nearly four million people, Los Angeles has taken giant strides toward putting instant runoff votingĀ  for city elections on the November 2008 ballot. The L.A. Chamber of Commerce and former Republican mayor Richard Riordan recently endorsed instant runoff voting, with the Chamber's press release saying: "IRV will save money for candidates, who can now spend all their resources on a single race focused on the merits of their platforms, rather than bashing opponents. This new campaign dynamic will bring new candidates and their issues into the local debate, leading to more competitive races for important local government posts."

As detailed in the IRV in L.A. website run by the New America Foundation, other backers include the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, National Latino Congreso and numerous elected leaders. UCLA uses IRV for its student government elections.

[Statement by L.A. Chamber of Commerce]
[New America Foundation's Political Reform Program]
[Californians for Electoral Reform]
[Another successful IRV election at UCLA]
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