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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-05-09 12:15 AM
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1. More: IRV is a well intended reform, but doesn't meet its promise.
IRV does not eliminate the need for recounts, unless your legislature decides they want to ban reconts.

In Cary North Carolina, they had an IRV experiment, and it resulted in a recount in the one contest where the 2nd and 3rd choice votes were called into play. The best Board of Elections in the state couldn't even count 3,000 ballots correctly, did an audit, and ended up recounting all of the ballots.

IRV doesn't strengthen third parties (the real reason people push it), instead it helps to lock in the top two.

IRV doesn't eliminate the spoiler effect except when the third party candidate is so weak that they wouldn't have any chance of winning at all.

The amount of election transparency that you give up by having to haul ballots to a central location to be counted, or by using untested uncertified software - make this reform a better choice for acadamia, but not for real life elections.
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