Rob Richie 
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Re: “BREAKING NEWS: Instant Runoff Voting Coming to Oakland

Joyce McCloy (the first comment posted) is the anti-IRV Captain Abab of the internet seas, relentlessly sharing bits of information that support her views while ignoring the rest. She's driven by her mistaken fear that somehow IRV will lead to touchscreens in her home state of NC even though that's not the case.

Minneapolis is a good case in point. It had a low turnout this year, but as McCloy knows, analysts connect the turnout to a lopsided mayoral race -- in fact, neighboring St. Paul had an even steeper turnout drop for the same reason Meanwhile, a poll after the election showed clear majority support for IRV, with an increase in support among those who voted with it.

On turnout, the situation in Oakland is that IRV will eliminate the need for a low turnout June first-round -- much lower turnout than will be seen in November, but where most Oakland races are won in its previous system

The count in Oakland will be quick and efficient. It took time in Minneapolis because it was carefully done by hand, but as McCloy knows, Oakland will do the count on county equipment.

Posted by Rob Richie on 12/06/2009 at 6:14 AM

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