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How Instant Runoff Voting works 2.0: Multiple winners

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Published on Oct 21, 2009

Video by: Curtis Gilbert and Molly Bloom


When you apply Instant Runoff Voting to an election with multiple winners, things get complicated. Voters still rank their choices 1, 2, 3, etc., but figuring out the winners requires long division. Minneapolis elections officials will have to use math like this to figure out who will sit on its Park Board seats and the Board of Estimate and Taxation. The vote counting, which must be done by hand, is expected to take weeks.

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