[EM] Burlington Vermont repeals IRV 52% to 48%

Bob Richard lists001 at robertjrichard.com
Tue Mar 2 18:58:21 PST 2010

I don't know Burlington geography or politics. But the city council 
returns make it appear that turnout was much higher in the two wards 
where IRV lost than in the five wards where IRV won. If that is at least 
roughly the case, was there something about the city council contests or 
candidates that would account for such a difference in turnout?

--Bob Richard

robert bristow-johnson wrote:
> Well, that's sad.  Even with a sorta narrow victory the anti-IRVers 
> will swagger down Church Street like they own the place. We will now 
> all accept that God instituted the "traditional ballot" for use 
> forever and that a 40% Plurality is a "winner".
> It would have been optimum if IRV survived this vote by a narrow margin.
> It's sad that when FairVote introduced and promoted the ranked ballot 
> that, from square 1, they always coupled it to the IRV tabulation of 
> votes.  When enough disasters (at least anomalies) happen like in 
> Burlington or Aspen, some backlash, both ignorant and enlightened, is 
> bound to happen.
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Bob Richard
Executive Vice President
Californians for Electoral Reform
PO Box 235
Kentfield, CA 94914-0235

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