Thursday, March 19, 2009

Instant Runoff Voting Case Fast Tracked to Minnesota Supreme Court

And the Minnesota Voters Alliance would be happy to take this to the US Supreme Court as well. Seems that next court could consider the many flaws and paradoxes that Instant Runoff exhibited in the recent Burlington Vermont Election would be proof in spades that IRV is not fair to voters, does not provide a majority supported win, harms certain vulnerable, and just isn't democratic.

Anti-IRV group scores an accelerated review

Judge rules for instant-runoff voting in Mpls. Supporters expect ruling on Mpls. IRV
The Minnesota Voters Alliance says the state Supreme Court granted its request for an accelerated review of its challenge to instant runoff voting or IRV.
The group is appealing the ruling of a Hennepin County District judge. Judge George McGunnigle found that there wasn't enough evidence to conclude that IRV deprives voters of any rights or privileges.
The Minnesota Voters Alliance asked for the accelerated review in order to bypass the Court of Appeals process and take their challenge directly to the Supreme Court.

See also:

July 9, 2008 Instant runoff update for San Francisco: federal agency unlikely to certify any voting systems before November

June 27, 2008 Instant runoff forces Pierce County Washington to use uncertified voting systems

September 14. 2008
Pierce County Instant Runoff Voting System has new bug, says WA SOS - may affect San Francisco

December 7, 2008
63% of Pierce County WA voters don't like Ranked Choice Voting that cost $4.14 per registered voter

December 7, 2008
2 out of 3 Pierce County RCV "winners" don't have a true majority

February 21, 2009
Georgetown University ditches Instant Runoff Voting - cites problems

February 21, 2009
Traditional runoff elections are more democratic even at UNC-CH!

March 14, 2009
Cary North Carolina turns down second bite of Instant Runoff Voting Pilot, process still too flawed

March 4, 2009
2nd IRV election in Burlington VT does not result in a majority winner!

Saturday, March 7, 2009
No Majority Winner in Instant Runoff Voting election in Burlington Vermont Mayoral Contest

Sunday, March 8, 2009
Instant Runoff Voting re-elects mayor who 71% voted against

Sunday, March 15, 2009
Burlington Instant Runoff Election riddled with pathologies

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Instant Runoff Voting at its worst in Burlington Vermont