Free & Equal: CfER conducts IRV Straw Poll of California Republican Delegates


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CfER conducts IRV Straw Poll of California Republican Delegates

At the California Republican Convention on September 16-17, Californians for Electoral Reform conducted a straw poll using Instant Runoff Voting, or IRV. Using IRV, a voter ranks candidates in order of choice: first choice, second choice, and so on.

After the first round, if no single candidate has a majority of “first choice” votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is dropped, and the dropped candidate’s “second choice” votes are substituted (since the “first choice” i.e. that candidate has been dropped). This process is repeated until a single candidate has a majority. Thus, the “lesser of two evils” problem is eliminated and democracy thrives anew.

See the full press release from CfER with detailed breakdown of results on our website.


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