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Instant Runoff Bill Introduced in State Assembly January 27, 2009

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In past legislative sessions, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. has introduced a bill that would allow for instant runoff voting in certain local New York elections.  This year, a similar bill, A03281, has been introduced by Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh.

Assemblyman Thiele’s past IRV bills haven’t made it out of committee.  Notably, Assemblyman Thiele is a Republican in a Democratic-dominated Assembly.  Assemblyman Kavanagh is a Democrat, so his bill may have a better chance.

The bill is currently in the Election Law Committee, whose members are listed here.  If you live in one of these assembly members’ districts, please call or write to them and urge them to approve of Assemblyman Kavanagh’s bill!

To track the status of the bill, see this page.

Mailing List January 26, 2009

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New Yorkers for Instant Runoff Voting now has a mailing list you can join, for announcements and updates:

http://groups.google.com/group/nycirv/

While this website will still be the primary source for news about IRV in New York, we’ll use the mailing list for occasional announcements and alerts– so please take a moment to sign up!

NY Times Op-Ed Endorses IRV January 26, 2009

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The New York Times ran an op-ed by Rhode Island state representative David Segal, about the process for filling Senate vacancies.  Toward the end of the op-ed, Segal endorses IRV.  You can read the op-ed here.

Update on Candidates January 10, 2009

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New Yorkers for Instant Runoff Voting has contacted candidates for mayor, public advocate, and some city council districts.  We’re working our way through the candidates, one district at a time.

We had been posting blog updates about who’s running, who we’ve contacted, and who’s responded.  Instead, we will be updating that information on the “2009 NYC Candidates” page up above.  We will post about candidates on this blog once we are ready to announce endorsements.

Site Updates January 7, 2009

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We now have our own domain for New Yorkers for Instant Runoff Voting.

Our website can be viewed at http://www.nycirv.com and we can be reached by e-mail at info@nycirv.com.

The old URL and e-mail address will still work.