Alternative Vote

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Alternative Vote

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) of or relating to a system of voting in which voters list the candidates in order of preference. If no candidate obtains more than 50% of first-preference votes, the votes for the bottom candidate are redistributed according to the voters' next preference. Abbreviation: AV See proportional representation
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With instant-runoff voting, even this last election could have had such an outcome.
Under Ireland's instant-runoff voting system, the Labour Party's Mary Robinson became the nation's first woman president and most popular politician.
CHAOS IN THE POLLING PLACE Whatever its potential benefits, instant-runoff voting is prone to one of voting theory's most bewildering paradoxes.
In New Mexico, for example, a wing of the Democratic Party pushed instant-runoff voting (IRV) through the state Senate only after candidates for governor and two congressional seats got spoiled by the Greens.
Issues such as universal healthcare, the right to earn a living wage, respect for diversity, care for the environment, instant-runoff voting, opposition to war as the main tool of foreign policy and the rest of our platform (www.
A wonderful solution to this problem, which Australia has relied upon for over 80 years, is instant-runoff voting.
By a 10-1 vote the San Francisco Board of Supervisors set a March 2002 referendum on adopting instant-runoff voting (IRV) for local posts.
From energetic voter-registration drives in Florida, where young people gathered in mid-June to kick off Democracy Summer, to a renewed push for instant-runoff voting in Vermont, to a move in Congress to make real the promise of the Voting Rights Act, there's a sense that from the disappointment that was Florida there may come a movement capable of assuring that, in the words of Representative Cynthia McKinney, "We will not allow a repeat of Florida 2000.

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