Washington Libertarian Review

Political commentary from the State of Washington with a libertarian perspective.

Monday, November 15, 2004

Problems alleged in IRV vote

The Sacramento Bee reports that pre-election surveys of absentee voters and Election Day exit polls in San Francisco found that white voters liked Instant Runoff Voting but a majority of minority voters, particularly Chinese voters, either disliked or had no opinion of it.

The article also suggests there may be some reliability problems in the polling. Nonetheless, it may be that IRV (which has been endorsed by the LPWS) will have trouble gaining acceptance in the very places it is designed to help most.

Disclosure: I believe IRV favors expensive, consensus based campaigns and will not be the panacea that most minor party activists think it will be.


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