Bianca Slota followed up on Bob Kiss' comments -- high voter turnout in wards 4 and 7 vs. low voter turnout in the rest of the city, north end naysayers vs. Burlingtonians. He says if "we" "heat up that debate, we might get a better measure of Burlingtonians view of IRV." Surprise! Bianca Slota had the real voter turn-out numbers, comparing 2005 when the IRV charter change was supported by voters, to 2010 when that charter change was repealed.
2005 -- 7,550, 42% of the total vote was in Wards 4 and 7, 58% in other wards.
2010 -- 7.695, exactly the same distribution, 42% in wards 4 and 7.
So the only difference is that after Burlington voters had the experience of two IRV elections, more people voted, same distribution among the wards, and 52% citywide don't want IRV.
Hopefully the Mayor and city administration will accept the vote of the people, and turn their attention toward substantive problems, like working in partnership with Council to protect the city's investment in BT, stabilize the pension fund, and restore open government to our city.