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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Support Instant Run-off (Rank Choice) Voting for Portland!


When: Thursday, January 14th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Where: Portland City Hall in Council Chambers

The Portland Charter Commission is considering Instant Run-off Voting for future local elections. Come speak out in favor of this important election reform!

What is Instant Run-off Voting?

Instant Run-off Voting is a revolutionary new way of voting. The candidate who is elected must have over 50% support and there are no "spoilers".

Here's how it works. As a voter you can rank candidates in order of preference, 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc. If no candidate receives over 50%, the 2nd choice votes of the candidate receiving the lowest percentage are re-allocated accordingly. With IRV you can vote for your favorite candidates in order of preference and never be helping elect your least favorite candidate or "throwing away your vote".

Others cities across the country have used IRV for several years, including Burlington, Vermont. Now we have a chance to implement it for future Portland elections. Hope to see you tonight!

If you can not attend tonight and would like to be updated on future events or would like more information, please feel free to call Ben Chipman at (207) 318-4961.

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