Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Instant Runoff Voting

Where can Santa Monica use Instant Runoff Voting? Instant Runoff Voting would be ideal for special elections to fill a single seat, like the one where now-Mayor Bloom was elected in 1999. That way, the winner would be guaranteed to be voted in by a majority. Likewise, neighborhood organizations could also use IRV to elect their officers, like President, Treasurer, etc.

OK, I want to hold an Instant Runoff election in my organization. How do I tally the votes? This site offers instructions on how to do just that.

This site contains the answers to many other common questions about Instant Runoff Voting.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Choice Voting

Where can Santa Monica use Choice Voting? Choice Voting would be perfect for Santa Monica's regular, city-wide elections where three or four seats are filled at once. Then, every vote would be the most effective, all viewpoints in our community would be fairly represented, and there would be no need for strategic voting (withholding some of your votes so as not to hurt your favorite candidate's chances). Neighborhood organizations would benefit in similar ways if they were to use Choice Voting to elect their boards.

Where in the world is Choice Voting used? Currently this system is used to elect parliaments in Ireland and Malta. In Australia it is used to elect the federal Senate, as well as the legislatures in several states there. It is also the system that was used in a number of cities in the United States during the twentieth century, including New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, and Boulder. It continues to be used today in Cambridge, Massachusetts for elections to their city council and school board.

Would Santa Monica have more representation for women with Choice Voting? Most likely, yes! Read this summary written by Santa Monica Ranked Voting about Choice Voting and women's representation.

OK, I want to hold a Choice Voting election in my organization. How do I tally the votes? This site goes through an example Choice Voting vote tally, step by step.

More Information Regarding Choice Voting

This is a great article by Douglas Amy which gives a brief history of the use of Choice Voting (Single Transferable Vote - STV) in this country and its effects on the politics of those cities. It also describes what drove its implementation and why it was abolished in all cities but one - Cambridge, Massachusetts (Answer: Because it worked as advertised. It gave more power to the voter and promoted minority representation).

Douglas Amy also has a very interesting Proportional Representation Library , if you want to read even more.