But I think Cobb's attitude toward IRV
is somewhat different.
San Francisco began using IRV
for local elections in 2004.
National groups recently endorsing proportional representation include the Sierra Club, US PIRG, Alliance for Democracy, and NOW, while state affiliates of Common Cause and the League of Women Voters support IRV
Drawing bipartisan support from reform-minded Republicans and Democrats such as John McCain and Howard Dean, legislative bills for IRV
have been introduced in twenty-two states.
Next up is Utah, where Republicans will use IRV
this month to choose their Congressional nominees; in August Alaskans will vote on a referendum to use it for state elections.
In Burlington, Vermont, two-thirds of voters approved an advisory referendum led by the League of Women Voters on whether Burlington should use IRV
to elect the mayor.
Former Progressive Party state legislator and CVD staffer Terry Bouricius has been working on IRV
in Vermont since 1998, when he was able to get the legislature to appoint a committee of professors, good government groups, and others to explore the issue.
In November 2000, Oakland, California, adopted a city charter amendment to use IRV
in special elections to fill a vacancy on the city council.
At the same time, IRV
is proving a winning argument for both Democrats and Republicans when they are confronted with potential spoilers.
The real spoiler in the election is not Nader's presence but the lack of IRV
It is axiomatic that Green Party candidacies, beyond solely promoting the distinct Green Party platform, use the "spoiler" threat to inspire legislative or popular attempts to enact IRV
If we had IRV
in our last presidential election, Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader and other minor party candidates would have been eliminated, leaving voters with a clear, final choice between Al Gore and George Bush.