Friday, October 30, 2009

Instant runoff voting video shows insane results - like in real life

See how instant runoff voting math works in real life. Voting Matters blogs it most succintly, and has a short youtube video at the link.
You want insane election results? Just try IRV! Voting Matters Blog.
One of the many dubious claims about Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is that it will produce a consensus winner. Not always true, as has been found in studies of both Aspen, CO and Burlington, VT. The candidate with the most first and second place support does not always win. This is because it is possible to hurt your preferred candidate by turning out too many supporters in his behalf. How is this possible? Just take a look at this explanatory video to see how this could happen (and has indeed happened in real elections in various places across the U.S.) at the link
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