Re: implementation of IRV with curently available technology

From: David Jefferson <d_jefferson_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 17 2005 - 11:26:02 CDT

The only place in California that does IRV at the moment is San
Francisco. The only system certified for doing IRV is ES&S (optical
scan), and only for San Francisco. If my understanding is correct, it
will not be possible to do IRV in San Diego. Also, there are no
federal or state standards for IRV, so I doubt any more systems will be
certified soon, since it would risk a divergence of standards in the
state. And as far as I know, no other vendors are ready for IRV
anyway. If anyone knows any different, please let me know.


On May 17, 2005, at 7:51 AM, Edmund R. Kennedy wrote:

> Hello All:
> We've got a potentially excellent situation for IRV
> our here in San Diego. We've got a mayoral election
> coming up on July 28, to replace the current mayor who
> resigned under a cloud. Officials are already talking
> about a run off election. At least 10 people have
> pulled the paperwork to run for mayor so it could get
> pretty messy. Right now we're using optical mark
> sense ballots and I suspect, GEMS. Here's my
> questions:
> 1. Does anyone have samples of ballots used where
> they've done IRV? I'm thinking especially of optical
> scan ballots.
> 2. Does anyone have copies of instructions to voters
> regarding IRV? I could see this as one of the biggest
> objections to implementing IRV
> 3. Yes, I know this is done in San Francisco and I
> believe it is permitted by CA state law but did San
> Francisco have to set up special local enabling
> legislation?
> 4. What sort of lessons were learned in any situation
> where they've used IRV?
> 5. What sort of lead time was required to go with
> IRV?
> Thanks, Ed Kennedy
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