Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Professors Sousa and Haltom were a bit conservative in their projections for the Democrats' majority in the House, though Professor Sousa called all but one of the races he touched on in the earlier post. And he was even right on the Nicaraguan election.

Here in Pierce County, it looks like a charter amendment will pass, giving us instant runoff voting--essentially an electoral mechanism where voters will be able to rank their preferences on the ballot when they vote, as opposed to the simple plurality system most of us use now. IRV is still rather rare around the world, and some see it as an improvement on the single member district system the US currently uses. If you're interested in IRV, there's lots of the web, most by advocates for electoral reform. See, for example, here.