Instant runoff voting: Could it be right for Mitchell?

With six candidates in the race for mayor of Mitchell and nothing in our city laws requiring or allowing a runoff, there’s been a lot of talk about a candidate potentially winning with far less than a majority of the votes cast.

It’s likely that some sort of discussion about runoffs will ensue for future elections, but that can get complicated. Making voters come back for a runoff election two or three weeks after the original election is asking a lot, and it’s likely to decrease turnout and add the expense of another election.

Here’s a video sent to me that explains an alternative proposal.

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