Candidates could be forced to define their campaigns earlier if Megan Barry has her way. Barry, who finished third in the general election Aug. 2, said she is looking at proposing that future council races be determined through instant runoff elections.
In instant runoff elections, voters rank their multiple votes in order of preference. If a voter's top selection doesn't garner enough votes, that ballot then moves to the next candidate in line, as indicated by the voter.
San Francisco uses instant runoff elections, as do several states for overseas voters.
"A lot of other communities do this," Barry said. "It could save the city some money."
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
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