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Friday, Aug. 15, 2003 at 8:27 PM
Use IRV and Cast your California Recall vote at RecallSanity.org
Simulated Election using Instant Runoff Voting: Cast your California Recall vote at RecallSanity.org -- Green Party Candidate Peter Camejo winning so far!!!
Ask the candidates to support IRV:
Dear [insert name and title here],
This letter is to request that you publicly endorse the use of "ranked choice voting" aka IRV/Instant Runoff Voting in future California elections.
IRV is a voting system that ensures a winning candidate will receive an absolute majority of votes rather than a simple plurality. IRV avoids the need for runoff elections by allowing voters to rank candidates in order of preference. Ballots are then counted in a series of rounds, each time redistributing the votes of the last-place candidate to the voters next most favored choice until all candidates but two have been eliminated, and the winner is voted in by a majority.
IRV enhances democracy by allowing voters to express their political preferences without having to "strategize", eliminates the "spoiler"/"split vote" problem when more than two candidates of a similar political stripe run in the same election, and makes it much more likely (especially in an election like the current California recall) that an individual voter's ballot will play a part in selecting the winner.
More detailed information about how IRV could improve the California Recall, including a "virtual" recall election, can be found on the Recall Sanity web site, at http://www.recallsanity.org.
[first name and last name]
[phone or email]
This letter can be sent to the editors of local papers, as well as candidates for Governor, and can be adapted as a general purpose letter to the editor by replacing the first paragraph with this one:
On October 7th, Californians will go to the polls and pick one of 135 separate candidates for Governor. Among these are at least a half-dozen candidates with high name recognition and a potentially broad base of support. Political pollsters are suggesting that the threshold for victory will be somewhere between 20-30% of the voters, thus resulting in the state being governed by someone selected by far less than a majority of the voters at a time when strong and credible leadership is most needed.
It doesn't have to be that way - there is a solution that practically guarantees a Governor elected by a majority of the voters: it is called "ranked choice voting", also known as IRV or Instant Runoff Voting.
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