IRV in SF (cont.)
The saga of Instant Runoff Voting in San Francisco continues.
For those who are curious about such things, the author of the
"Report from a person who attended a brown bag lunch at Dept. of
Elections March 7, 2003," posted on March 12, has identified himself.
For those who would like a demonstration of how IRV works, check out
For those who would like to make their own statement, see
For those who worried that the Secretary of State might hold up the
certification process, the following letter from Kevin Shelley may allay
|SECRETARY OF STATE
| KEVIN SHELLEY
|STATE OF CALIFORNIA
March 4, 2003
Dear Supervisor Gonzalez and Mr. Mendelsohn:
It has been a year since the San Francisco voters adopted Proposition
A, and there are only eight months remaining until the November 2003
election. But to date no application for certification of an
Instant Run-off Voting (IRV) system and election procedures have been
submitted to my office.
San Francisco election officials have previously indicated to my staff
that the entire state and federal certification process must be completed
by July 1 in order for San Francisco to have adequate time to prepare for
the November election. Each passing day puts at risk successful
implementation of Proposition A, especially because of the need to
accommodate an entirely new, and untested, elections process.
I am committed to expediting the application process of an IRV system
and ensuring that the voting equipment is accurate, efficient, and secure.
Time is of the essence. If you have any questions, please feel free to
contact my office.
Secretary of State
cc: Mr. John Arntz, Acting Director of Elections, City and County of
San Francisco Election Systems & Software
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