Major Instant Runoff Progress United Kingdom, Oscars, & More


The British House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly (365 to 187) to give voters a chance to adopt instant runoff voting. If approved in the House of Lords, it would be its first national referendum since the 1970s. In the United States, the major media is more focused on how using IRV may affect the Oscar vote for "Best Picture" even as Berkeley became the third new city this year to commit to using IRV in November and a series of low-plurality wins in Illinois primaries (including 20.3% in the GOP gubernatorial race) suggest President Obama was right in 2002 to propose IRV for Illinois primary elections.