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A state’s supreme court upholds Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)

Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) is a way of voting where voters can rank their candidate choices. It is supported by Fair Vote and by the Green Party. Since IRV is a new idea to some people, they often worry if it can be done, and if their local governments will allow it. So, the court win may be useful in overcoming objections to pro-IRV campaigns.

In addition, since IRV tends to help third parties, this news should be good for third parties in Minnesota.

from Ballot Access News
Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Instant Runoff Voting

June 11th, 2009

On June 11, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled unanimously that nothing in the Minnesota Constitution is inconsistent with a city’s choice to use Instant Runoff Voting for its own elections. The 30-page decision is here… The case is Minnesota Voters Alliance v City of Minneapolis. The Minnesota Voters Alliance is the group that opposed IRV.

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