Triangle Foundation urges Ferndale voters to vote YES on Proposal B


Ferndale's Proposal B would institute Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for mayoral and city council elections in Ferndale, pending the availability and purchase of compatible software and approval of the equipment by the Ferndale Election Commission.

According to Sean Kosofsky, Director of Policy for Triangle, "True democracy is alive when citizens have real choices, and Instant Runoff Voting seems to be common sense for voters who want to vote their conscience."

IRV allows voters to rank their choices on the ballot rather picking one top choice. If no candidate wins a majority of votes on the first count, the last place candidate is eliminated, and then all ballots are counted again with each counting for the highest ranked candidate still in contention. This process continues until one candidate has a majority of the votes and is declared the winner.

Craig Covey, Ferndale City Council member and director of the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, said "Instant Runoff Voting is an excellent way to further democratize elections, allowing candidates with the most appeal to gain majority support even with third or fourth party spoiler candidates."

This won't be the first time the LGBT community has embraced IRV. The system will be used for city elections this November in San Francisco, where it was strongly supported by The Harvey Milk Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Democratic Club.

For more information about Proposal B and Instant Runoff Voting visit www.firv.org.

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