For the second time in its history, the City of Burlington will ask voters to approve runoff voting, in which the “second choice” gets a vote if there is no majority winner among the “first choice” votes. It’s an electoral strategy deemed friendliest to third parties.
"The council voted 6-5 to put a question on the ballot in November that asks voters if the city should reinstitute ranked choice voting for mayoral, City Council and school commissioner elections. The council’s Democratic councilors opposed the effort. In the ranked choice voting system, voters rank candidates in order of preference, and if no candidate receives a majority of votes, the least-popular candidate is eliminated. Votes for that candidate are redistributed to the voter’s second choice, until one candidate receives a majority of the votes. In 2009, Republican Kurt Wright received the highest percentage of first-place votes cast, but lost after Progressive Mayor Bob Kiss accumulated more second-place votes when other candidates were eliminated."
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