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New Yorkers for Instant Runoff Voting: Website Debut November 30, 2008

Posted by irvnyc in Uncategorized.
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Welcome to the new blog for New Yorkers for Instant Runoff Voting, a group that advocates using instant runoff voting in New York elections. This site is a temporary, bare-bones blog that will soon grow into a more comprehensive resource. For now, we have the following goals:

1) ENDORSE PRO-IRV CANDIDATES IN THE 2009 NEW YORK CITY ELECTIONS

Over the coming weeks and months, NY-IRV will contact every known candidate in the 2009 New York City elections and inquire about their position on IRV. We will endorse pro-IRV candidates for office BEFORE the primary elections, so that voters who support IRV will know who shares their view.

If you’re a candidate in the 2009 New York City elections and you support IRV, please let us know!

2) CHRONICLE ANY IRV-RELATED NEWS IN NEW YORK CITY OR STATE

This blog will keep people informed about IRV-related developments in New York. This includes the status of the New York State Legislature’s IRV bill, sponsored in the past by Assemblyman Fred Thiele of Long Island and Senator Liz Krueger of the Upper East Side. It also includes any IRV-related events that may occur. If you know of such an event, let us know!

3) ESTABLISH A PRO-IRV POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO ACTIVELY SUPPORT PRO-IRV CANDIDATES FOR OFFICE

Our goal is to formally organize into an organization that can function as a political action committee.  We then hope to not just endorse, but actively support, pro-IRV candidates, both financially and with volunteer support.

4) CONTINUE TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING

This site will eventually grow to have more information about IRV in general, and about its benefits for New York in particular.  For now, we recommend FairVote’s IRV America site as the best overall resource about IRV.

Look for more updates on a regular basis.  Not all candidates for the 2009 elections have declared yet, but we intend to round up a list of who’s running so far, and contact all of them to inquire about their stance on IRV.