An Argument for IRV
You may not have paid much attention to Tuesday's runoff election for labor commissioner in North Carolina. Not many people did -- even in North ...
You may not have paid much attention to Tuesday's runoff election for labor commissioner in North Carolina. Not many people did -- even in North Carolina, where turnout for the only election on the runoff ballot was just 1.9 percent.
Nonetheless, gearing up all the voting machinery and opening up the precincts cost a total of $4 million. That, according to Democracy North Carolina, adds up to $50 per vote cast -- more in some counties. The group suggests that this election makes a particularly strong argument in favor of instant runoff voting, in which people name their first and second choices on the original election day.
Maybe so. Or maybe it's an argument for public financing of campaigns -- $50 per vote would be enough to win most contests. But I guess Obama's ruined that now for everybody.
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