Monthly Archives: June 2011

On the perils of “Instant Run-off” voting – A blindfold and a dartboard

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on voters not understanding the Ranked-Choice Voting system.  Describes how popular candidates can loose with this system and winners receiving only 24% support.

“Berkeley resident David Reid decided to take a poll this fall on his daily walks, with poodles Lucy and Dora, in the city’s Rose Garden neighborhood. How many of his neighbors in this upscale and well-educated swath of Berkeley, he wondered, understood how the new ranked-choice voting system worked?

“I asked city officials, academics, writers … none of them understood it,” said Reid, editor and an author of the 1994 book “Sex, Death and God in L.A.”