One reason I find local government so interesting is that you sometimes can’t predict what they’ll do. The Cary Town Council held a public hearing on Instant Runoff Voting last night. More than a dozen town citizens spoke in favor of continuing the pilot program.
After a long and I though rather thoughtful discussion, in which several council members commented that the public supported IRV, the council voted to discontinue the pilot and change the town’s voting system to a “non-partisan plurality.” This means one election in October, most-votes-wins, even if the voter has well below a majority.
Rather than taking another step toward improving the electoral system, the council took a step back.