FairVote executive director Rob Ritchie on Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)

09/09/11 Lisa Marzilli & Beth Bell
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The topic of today’s Last Call was Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), also known as Ranked Candidate Voting, which voting reform advocates believe could help remedy a scenario we’ve all experienced and that is casting a vote for the “lesser of two evils” rather than your candidate of choice.

IRV is used when there are more than two candidates in a race, and is designed to help ensure a true majority wins and eliminate the "spoiler" effect that sometimes occurs in a three-way race (think Bush, Gore, Nader). We were joined by Rob Ritchie, Executive Director of the election and voting reform group FairVote, based in Takoma Park, Maryland.

We opened the show with a great clip from the Daily Show in which senior correspondents John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones and Aasif Mandvi are explaining the two-party system. It's all about "choosing the candidate you're less in hate with - unless somebody's wealthy grandpa ruins that."

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