Instant Runoff Voting in Los Angeles - Gary Toebben
In June of 2008, the New America Foundation's Political Reform Program held an engaging panel discussion and luncheon on instant runoff voting (IRV) in Los Angeles. Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a critical electoral reform for the City of Los Angeles that allows voters to rank a first, second and third choice for each office. IRV elects majority winners in a single election without the expense and voter fatigue of a second election. IRV holds great promise to increase voter turnout while saving taxpayers $8 million dollars each election cycle (source: LA city clerk). A broad coalition is coming together to support IRV, with endorsements from, amongst others, the League of Women Voters, the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, labor unions, voting rights groups, neighborhood councils and political leaders like former Mayor Richard Riordan, labor leader Dolores Huerta, Anthony Thigpenn, and Antonio Gonzalez. For more information about IRV in Los Angeles visit the website www.IRVinLA.org.
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