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Thursday, 11th June 2009

New Report Shows Instant Runoff Voting Saves Money and Boosts Voter Turnout

New Report Shows Instant Runoff Voting Saves Money and Boosts Voter Turnout
Source: New America Foundation

The New America Foundation's Political Reform Program today announced the release of a study which found that Instant Runoff Voting could save the city of San Jose money and boost voter turnout for local elections.
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"San Jose's current two-round runoff system is expensive and results in very few voters actually participating in local elections," said Blair Bobier, Deputy Director of the Political Reform Program. "Instant Runoff Voting could significantly increase voter turnout in San Jose and save the city millions of dollars."

Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) allows voters to rank their first, second and third choices among candidates on the ballot, instead of voting for just one. IRV uses the voters' rankings to elect candidates with majority support in a single election, eliminating the need for a separate runoff election.

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