Los Angeles County Supervisor Calls for Study of IRV

Although there has been considerable talk about using Instant-Runoff Voting in Los Angeles city elections during the last year, there had been little discussion of using IRV in Los Angeles County, until March 31, when Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas brought up the subject at the Supervisors meeting. Los Angeles County only has five county supervisors, so the opinion of each supervisor is very significant. Ridley-Thomas asked the Board to ask the Registrar of Voters to report on how the county can use IRV.

In somewhat related news, California bill AB 308 recently passed the Assembly Elections Committee, unanimously. It makes it possible for overseas absentee voters to use IRV for any elections that normally have an old-fashioned run-off, such as many special elections for Congress and state legislature.


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