INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING DOES NOT EMPOWER COMMUNITIES OF COLOR AND MAY HARM THEM:
Whites only: If instant runoff voting "empowers communities of color" then WHY does Takoma Park MD continue to elect an all white city council?
IRV is bad for voters. A 2008 Grand Jury advised SF that voters and poll workers did not understand IRV.
IRV eliminates opportunity. In a radio interview, former SF Mayor Willie Brown said that IRV is really, really bad, "it eliminates opportunity". Listen here.
NC NAACP leader on IRV: "I am absolutely to the core opposed to instant runoff voting. And I believe that the issue of Instant runoff voting has clouded the discussions. And I want to make it very clear that that will cost the city money, not save the city money. Because I promise you that I will be protecting my right to vote, with legal action should you choose to do that. . Stella Adams - Vice Chair of NC Democratic Party and Housing Chair and Economic Empowerment Coordinator at NC NAACP speaking at Durham North Carolina City Council meeting.
Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People: This whole idea is that voting is a landmark of the people… even if its expensive. We spend a whole a lot of money on…..Just vote it down (non partisan plurality elections).I’m not going to be for instant runoff voting either....." Dr. Lavonia Allison - President of the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People at Durham City Council meeting April 7, 2009.
IRV is all pretty smoke and mirrors, and the pro IRV claims just don't pan out. Instant runoff voting is bad for voters, bad for election transparency and bad for democracy.
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