Despite winning in five of the city’s seven wards, the use of instant runoff voting (IRV) for mayor was repealed this week by a margin of less than 4% in Vermont’s largest city of Burlington. It’s a disappointment, particularly with a growing appreciation in Vermont for IRV.In fact, the voter distribution in 2010 was identical to the distribution in 2005 when the IRV experiment was approved by voters (42% North End). After two IRV mayoral elections, citywide voter approval dropped dramatically and became voter disapproval. IRV was repealed by 52% of the voters citywide in a direct election.
As for the growing appreciation in Vermont, Vermont This Week, Mar 5 2010, called it "the kiss of death." chuckle, chuckle.... Watch for Deb Markowitz to drop this from her campaign platform like a hot potato! Dem SoS in Aspen is up for re-election, where voters ditched IRV in an advisory vote, and she's not recommending IRV to anybody!