Instant Runoff Voting is effective and easy to use. IRV is used not only in government elections but also by a number of organizations and universities. If you are interested in using IRV for elections at your campus, union, or organization, or if you just want to learn more about the voting system, the resources on this page will give you all the details on how IRV works, from the ballot to the final recount.
Flyers & Diagrams Explaining IRV
- A PDF that explains the benefits of IRV and where it is currently being used. If you want to let more people know about Instant Runoff Voting, print on the front and back of half sheets of paper.
- A flow chart representation of the IRV counting process.
Web Demonstrations and Videos of IRV
- This flash animation, created for San Francisco's Ranked-Choice Voting campaign, is a great introduction to the Instant Runoff process.
- This video was used in the "Yes on Three" campaign in Washington's Pierce County.
- FairVote used this flash animation during the recent IRV campaigns
- The Minneapolis Better Ballot Campaign created Elect-a-Date to help voters understand IRV.
PowerPoint Demonstration of IRV
Reports and Policy Papers
- This fun sample election demonstrates how IRV works in an election, from how voters would select candidates on a ballot to the counting and recounting process.
Voter Education and Outreach
Exit Polls & Studies of San Francisco's Use of Ranked Choice Voting/Instant Runoff Voting
San Francisco has used instant runoff voting, or ranked choice voting, since 2004. Studies by San Francisco State University, Asian Law Caucus and others show voter's understand, like and efficiently use the system.
Other Web Resources
- FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy provides a great deal of information on IRV, as well as other important voting reforms.
- Californians for Electoral Reform: A nonpartisan coalition that promotes voting reforms in California.
- DemoChoice: Try taking one of DemoChoice's IRV polls.