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Subject: New Standing Rule Proposal for IRV Ballot
I would like to propose another standing rule for the TC:
âOnce systems exist to allow doing so, the OpenC2 TC will use Instant Runoff Voting for single seat elections of the co-chairs of the Technical Committee, SubCommittees, and any other single seat election. Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), also known as Single Transferable Voting (STV) or Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), is defined as an electoral system whereby voters rank candidates in order of preference. In the event that one candidate fails to achieve a sufficient majority, the candidate with the fewest number of first-preference rankings is eliminated and these votes redistributed, the process being repeated until one candidate achieves the required majority. Voters may abstain from ranking 2nd-choice, etc candidates just as they may abstain from voting at all. â
The rationale for IRV is both to save time (ie obviating the need for runoff elections if a majority is not achieved) and is also considered a fairer system when more than two candidates exist (the âsplit voteâ issue). More on IRV in general can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting and https://www.fairvote.org/rcv#where_is_ranked_choice_voting_used. Youâll note from the latter link that IRV is growing in popularity for elections for government. Note our election requires a majority of all voting members so it might also help in the case where there are only two candidates. For example if there are 50 voting members and only 41 vote with 20 voting for Person A and 21 voting for Person B. With our current system, it would require a second vote and possible many more until 26 votes are reached by one candidate. With an IRV system in place, if at least 5 of the people who voted for Person A also included Person B as their second choice (ie they found Person B acceptable even if they like Person A better) then there is no need for a second ballot and via IRV Person B would win on the second round calculated from the initial ballot. The more common value of this kind of system comes when there are 3 candidates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant-runoff_voting#Process gives a good example.
Note our existing IT systems do not support IRV so it might be awhile before we could use it. There are some open source programs for counting ballots, but they are more designed for government paper ballot systems. Maybe we could start our own open source program and tie it in as an App with and API to Lucidmeeting.
Since it is only a few days before the TC meeting and this is a significant change, I am proposing to vote on this at the January meeting (ie NOT at the December meeting).
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