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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Election Reflection from Democracy Rising

Tim Potts over at Democracry Rising has an analysis of the election that features a roundup of results, (Grassroots PA has the full rundown), but also raises the topic of instant run-off voting.

The ideas being that in a contested primary with multiple candidates, where no one receives a majority, that there be an "instant runoff" until someone reaches 50%. Case in point: the 5th Congressional Republican race, where the winner received 19% of the vote in a nine-way race. Nothing against Glenn Thompson, but one can certainly see potential problems (particurlarly in a "safe" district where one party typically dominates in the general election) when a candidate can win the primary with 81% voting for someone else.

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