The Memphis City Council thinks the City’s voters are just so dumb.
Ten years ago, the fine people of Memphis voted to end runoff elections using a neat little system called Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). IRV does away with costly (around $250,000) and poorly attended runoff elections (6% of registered voters in 2015) by letting voters rank their choices. If no one gets a straight majority, the vote counters take the second choice of the folks who voted for the candidate with the fewest votes. This continues until someone gets a majority of the vote. Simple enough right?
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