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WillYourVoteBCounted Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-06-09 02:35 PM
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Instant Runoff Voting's Unintended Consequences to Democracy
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Instant Runoff Voting's Unintended Consequences to Democracy IRV does not work as advertised, has unintended consequences is costly & complicated to implement, damages election transparency, and threatens the confidence in election results. Several places that have tried Instant Runoff Voting are ditching it or moving to ditch it. IRV is not a solution, but a problem.

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Highlights from the article:

IRV is not "as easy as 1-2-3".
IRV actually hurts third parties.
IRV does NOT help voter turnout.
IRV consistently suffers from majority failure.
IRV does not save money
IRV affects Campaign Finance Disclosure.
IRV does NOT reduce or eliminate negative campaigning
IRV is complex to count
IRV is not additive
IRV is not transparent.
Current IRV Vote Counting Computers are experimental and not trustworthy
Instant Runoff Voting Results are not intuitive
Traditional Runoff Elections are much better than IRV
Other election methods that do not damage election integrity
IRV does not help racial minorities and may even impede them
IRV may negatively impact the disabled.
We can't even count votes the plain old vanilla way yet, but we are told we should adopt IRV and make elections more complicated

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