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March 14, 2003


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  www.fairvote.org/sf/vote.

For those who would like to make their own statement, see Community Alerts.

For those who worried that the Secretary of State might hold up the certification process, the following letter from Kevin Shelley may allay their fears:


March 4, 2003

Hon. Matt Gonzalez, President Mr. Michael Mendelsohn, President
San Francisco Board of Supervisors San Francisco Elections Commission
City Hall City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 48
San Francisco, CA 94102 San Francisco, CA 94102

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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