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Miscellaneous If Debian used Instant Runoff...
The last Debian Project Leader election was a very close one. Martin Michlmayr won a Condorcet-tallied election in a very close race between him, Bdale Garbee (the incumbent), and Branden Robinson. Doing analysis on these result yields some interesting observations. Among the most surprising is that Branden Robinson would have won had San Francisco's rules for Instant Runoff Voting been used.
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In The News Preference voting bill passes Arkansas house
According to Dan Johnson-Weinberger, a preference voting bill has passed the Arkansas House, and is moving on to the Senate. If passed, it would allow military absentees to cast a preference ballot rather than having to send in two ballots for the primary and main election. More in Dan's post to the InstantRunoff mailing list.

Published Apr 15, 2003 - 09:24 PM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

In The News Seattle P-I spread on Proportional Representation
There's a movement afoot to change the election method of the Seattle City Council from at-large elections to district elections. The Seattle P-I/Seattle Times joint Sunday edition (the main Sunday paper in town) ran a very large spread on proportional representation. One by Steven Hill and Rob Richie titled "Reflecting the electorate", and the other from resident Janet Anderson titled "Choice Voting is fairer way for Seattle to elect City Council". As Janet points out on the InstantRunoffWA mailing list, the paper edition is very impressive in just how prominent the two stories are (practially a full front page of the P-I editorial section).
Published Apr 14, 2003 - 12:32 AM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

Opinion e.thePeople intro story on electoral reform
Another intro on electoral reform. This one covers the big three (Condorcet's method, Approval voting, and Instant-runoff voting)

Published Apr 12, 2003 - 12:29 AM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

In The News Campaign Finance Reform: A Red Herring
It's a slow news day, so I'm going to reprint an article I wrote a couple years ago about campaign finance reform (just prior to the passage of the campaign finance reform act), and what a distraction it is from the real problem. This article was originally written for Kuro5hin, and can still be found archived here. However, the article is also included below.
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In The News Proportional representation in Iraq?
This op-ed in the London Times brings up an interesting question. Since the current military coalition at war against Iraq is dominated by the U.S. and Britain (two countries which remain users of first past the post), will it follow that a democratic Iraq will also use the system? If so, the government would likely be dominated by the Arab Shia majority...a solution unacceptable to the Kurds and Sunnis. Alternatives based on proportional representation would reconcile the problem more easily, but may not find a political champion in current alliance.
Published Apr 07, 2003 - 12:37 AM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

Software New version (2.7) of Graphical Voter Interface
Russ Paielli has released the 2.7 version of Graphical Voter Interface (GVI). GVI is a voting GUI which can potentially be used for any private or public election, and implements Condorcet, Instant Runoff and Approval voting, among others. New to this version is a command-line option for automatically printing ballots, which currently only works on Unix/Linux. Some minor code cleanups and documentation enhancements were made. More information can be found on the GVI website.

Published Apr 01, 2003 - 10:31 PM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

Opinion St. Petersburg Times: Lessons in voting from the French
The St. Petersburg Times has an editorial titled
Lessons in voting from the French which chronicles last year's election of Jacque Chirac. He advocates Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). Think what you want about IRV, it is getting a lot of momentum, and its advocates are bringing a lot of attention to electoral reform.

Published Mar 31, 2003 - 10:11 PM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

Miscellaneous IDEA study on voter turnout
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), has a study on their website titled "Voter Turnout: A Global Survey". Lots of pretty bar charts. I haven't had a chance to study yet, but it looks like some interesting insights can be found there as well. (Thanks to Stephane Rouillon for posting this to EM.)
Published Mar 30, 2003 - 10:52 PM - comments? Send this story to a friend Printer friendly page

In The News IRV in action: UK Hereditary Peer Election
James Gilmour wrote the following to the EM list about the UK Herediary Peer Election: "For an example of a real [Instant Runoff Voting] election see and select the link for Hereditary Peers By-Election. It is a PDF file (27 KB) so you may want to "Save target as ..".

There were 81 candidates, of whom 44 received one or more first preference votes. There were 423 valid votes. The count went through 42 stages, right to the wire for the decision between the last two. Interestingly, there were no non-transferable papers until the 18th stage and the number of non-transferable papers did not rise significantly until stage 40.

Ullswater, the IRV winner, received the greatest number of first preference votes: 86 (20%). So he would have been the FPTP winner. But the runner-up did not receive the second greatest number of first preferences - he was third and didn't pick up any transfers until the 25th stage.

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