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for UK people, AV experience in USA

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May. 4th, 2011 | 09:54 pm
mood: encouraging

as per my conversation with lobelia321

We just started AV, and the Mayor of Oakland (across the Bay from San Francisco) was elected with second-choice votes: she was not the first past the post but she was less hated than the other candidate. I think it's a fine result, the first Asian-American and the first woman mayor, without the expense and low turn-out of a runoff election.

Don Perata concedes Oakland mayor's race to Quan

Oakland ranked ballot: Least-hated tops most-liked (pissy columnist #1)

Ranked choice a rank choice for elections (pissy columnist #2)

On the perils of 'Instant runoff' voting: A blindfold and a dartboard (pissy newspaper editor op-ed)

The Real Story on Ranked Choice Voting in Oakland’s Mayoral Election, 2010 (pro-ranked choice group response)

There were also some surprises in the San Francisco Supervisors (city/county council) election. I kinda like surprises.

Also, via everyone on my reading lists, Reform Cat explains AV voting

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Comments {3}

heels and pints

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from: birdgerhl
date: May. 5th, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)

haha, hilarious video! :D

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forsooth, do you grok my jive, me hearties?

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from: bexone
date: May. 5th, 2011 12:47 pm (UTC)

As long as it's not the sort of "compromise" that only goes in one (rightwards) direction, I don't have a problem with compromise candidates. AV might even result in politicians having to pay attention to the needs/wants/desires of the WHOLE community they're trying to represent again, rather than just the fraction that yells the loudest.

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Lobelia the adverbial

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from: lobelia321
date: May. 5th, 2011 05:48 pm (UTC)

I can haz vote!!!! Love it!!!

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