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Dr.Rebecca Mercuri: Hawai'i's Instant Runoff Legislation -- Veto Needed
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Mark Crispin Miller - 4/15/2011 : Hawaii gov must VETO bill that would make hand-counting ballots near-impossible!
Many people think that Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) would do a lot to weaken the two parties death-grip on our pseudo-democratic system.

But IRV requires computerized voting systems, and would therefore only strengthen that death-grip, since it would make hand-counting paper ballots virtually impossible, as Rebecca Mercuri explains below.


Hawaiis Instant Runoff Voting Legislation Veto Needed

BY REBECCA MERCURI PHD Friday, April 15th, 2011 In the aftermath of the controversial 2000 Presidential Election, the Help America Vote Act was enacted, which (among other initiatives) provided funds for the procurement of new voting systems

Many states rushed out to buy electronic voting equipment that afforded no way to perform an independent recount from ballots that the voters themselves had validated for correctness. Instead, Hawaii did the right thing by evaluating the pros and cons of the available products, ultimately settling on a largely paper-based system. This enables votes to easily and simply be counted, using the traditional 1+1=2 method, if the computer tallies are questioned or a manual recount becomes necessary.

Unfortunately, this will not continue to be the case if Governor Abercrombie fails to veto H.B. 638 which has recently passed both the Hawaii House and Senate. This dangerous bill came to the floor without ample opportunity for opposition testimony. It allows for the introduction of a technique known as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), which is confusing to voters and makes hand-counting virtually impossible, thus increasing the states reliance on proprietary and unexaminable computer software for generating its election results.
IRV actually does not accomplish what H.B. 638 suggests, that it somehow allows all voters to vote for their favorite candidate without fear of helping to elect their least favorite candidate. Not only can the least favorite candidate be elected with this method, but it will be completely non-obvious why this has happened when indeed it does occur. This is because complicated rules will be applied, such as the ones described in the Bill, as follows:
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