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Instant Runoff Voting also called Ranked Choice Voting

Reports, Studies, Analysis and Commentary 

Instant Runoff Voting Wikipedia article - much edited & disputed 

"Realities Mar Instant Runoff - 18 Flaws and 3 Benefits Kathy Dopp comprehensive paper on flaws of IRV with actual real life examples.

The continuing cost of Instant Runoff Voting in Minneapolis $244,000 “It is disturbing to me that we’re talking about an extra quarter of a million dollars for a system that was supposed to decrease our costs,” Johnson said. 
Find the report at http://bit.ly/d5q2Y1

Burlington Vermont 2009 IRV mayor election
Thwarted-majority, non-monotonicity & other failures (oops)
By Anthony Gierzynski, Wes Hamilton, & Warren D. Smith, March 2009.

The 2007-2008 San Francisco Civil Grand Jury review of five elections for the city/county of San Francisco The 2007-2008 San Francisco Civil Grand Jury reviewed the materials provided by the Department of Elections for the November 2007 and February 2008 elections

Ranked-Choice Voting and Absentee (Vote By Mail) BallotsRCV ballots were used in the November 2007 election for the offices of Mayor, DistrictAttorney, and Sheriff. Some pollworkers and voters told the Jury that they did not understand how to vote for candidates where RCV ballots were used. In the November 2008 election, RCV ballots will be used for some local offices. Aditional education and outreach need to be provided to the voters to clarify the RCV process so that the ballots accurately reflect the intentions of the voters...

2007 Report to the Vermont General Assembly by the Vermont Office of the Secretary of State  (Word document) Instant Runoff Voting (IRV): Administrative Implementation Options and Costs

Appendices to the 2007 Report to the Vermont General Assembly by the Vermont Office of the Secretary of State     (PDF document) Instant Runoff Voting (IRV): Administrative Implementation Options and Costs

Pierce County Washington.  Reporting actual costs of IRV for their first IRV election. From an official recap of their 2008 IRV election

Assessment of Ranked-Choice Voting in the San Francisco 2004 Election - Public Research Inst., San Francisco State University

Asessment of Ranked-Choice Voting in the San Francisco 2005 Election - Public Research Inst., San Francisco State University. 

Instant Runoff Voting Not Meeting Expectations  - Part I by John Dunbar for "Beyond Chron" a daily internet newspaper in San Francisco..Nov 16,2005

Instant Runoff Voting Not Meeting Expectations  -  Part II by John Dunbar for "Beyond Chron" a daily internet newspaper in San Francisco..Nov 17, 2005

CALPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System trustees decision  not to use IRV. May 16, 2006

The San Diego Elections Task Force Report    April 5, 2006

The San Diego Elections Task Force Fiinal report  and Decision not to use IRV. June 27, 2007

 
Minnesota Ranked Choice Voting Issues Group Voting Equipment Vendor Presentations to the
Technical Advisory Committee.  Summary Notes Prepared by FairVote Minnesota
ES&S November 27, 2007
 
An advocacy group for the disabled - "Capability Scotland" -  conducted a poll of disabled voters following Scotland's first election using voting machines and STV (a form of instant runoff voting).  Polls Apart

Straight Talk On So-Called "Instant Runoff Voting" or Why the "Cure" Is as Deadly as the "Disease" May 3, 2005.  by Greg Dewar, Political Consultant in San Francisco for Green and Dem candidates

Dr. Rebecca Mercuri  Aprili 10, 2007. Internationally respected computer scientist and e-voting expert warns - "potential gaming" of the ballot set that may not be independently detectable or auditable, these run-off styles must be prohibited."  Dr. Rebecca Mercuri  is one of the world's leading computer security and voting specialists.

Chuck Herrin certified white hat hacker talks to NC lawmakers about Instant Runoff Voting Fri, 31 Dec 2004
Chuck Herrin, a certified white hat hacker and IT certification specialist warned North Carolina lawmakers about the inability of today's technology to handle instant runoff voting or even just plain elections. He compared IRV to the "flying car".

Center for Range Voting "Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and racial minorities"

Libertarian Reform Caucus "Anyone for a Bullet in the Foot? Instant Runoff!"

Australian Politics  - the "Disadvantages of the Preferential [IRV] System"... promotes a two-party system to the detriment of minor parties and independents.