IRV in SF

I just got back from the dept of elections (picked up in-lieu of filing fee petition forms for US Representative 8th district).

While I was down there, I asked the lady at the desk what was going on with Instant Runoff Voting. I got a strange reaction from her. She slowly half smiled, looked down, and then proceeded to talk about the elections that were coming up, but didn't answer my question in the slightest. I had to ask her point blank if the coming election would be using IRV, and she didn't answer. She didn't even say "I don't know" but turned around and made herself busy with something. I didn't press her (this time).

I highly suspect that she was either counciled on how to respond, or she has some feeling of guilt. That is what it seemed like to me, at least. I've never had anyone respond to me in such a way.

If IRV isn't implemented, I may just file a lawsuit.

-Mike

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While I was down there, I asked the lady at the desk what was going on
with Instant Runoff Voting. I got a strange reaction from her. She
slowly half smiled, looked down, and then proceeded to talk about the
elections that were coming up, but didn't answer my question in the
slightest. I had to ask her point blank if the coming election would be
using IRV, and she didn't answer. She didn't even say "I don't know"
but turned around and made herself busy with something. I didn't press
her (this time).

I highly suspect that she was either counciled on how to respond, or she
has some feeling of guilt. That is what it seemed like to me, at
least. I've never had anyone respond to me in such a way.

If IRV isn't implemented, I may just file a lawsuit.

I'm not surprised by her reaction... they've probably been ordered not to
talk about it.

There already was a lawsuit, from the Center for Voting and Democracy and a
few other groups. The lawsuit lost; the judge argued (reasonably, I think)
that having an election on time is more important than having one in
compliance with a new law. The problem, of course, is that a point was
reached where that was the choice... _SF Weekly_ had a decent analysis two
weeks ago.

~Chris
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