Greens Applaud Nader, Dean Support of Instant Runoff Voting ‘Solution' During National Debate Friday
GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: July 9, 2004
Cres Vellucci, GPCA Spokesperson, 916-996-1970,
Beth Moore Haines, GPCA Spokesperson, 530-277-0610,
Sara Amir, GPCA Spokesperson, 310-270-7106,
SACRAMENTO – The Green Party of California applauded comments by
Independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader and former Democratic
contender Howard Dean Friday during a national debate when both embraced
the use of instant runoff voting as a way to resolve the so-called "spoiler
effect" of third parties.
A question concerning IRV was submitted to the debate at the National
Press Club, broadcast on CSPAN and National Public Radio, by Santa Monica
Mayor pro tem and Green Party national committee member Kevin McKeown.
IRV, a major plank of the Green Party platform not yet adopted by GOP and
Democratic parties, allows voters to rank their choices for an office and
encourages people to vote their conscience. If a voter's choice finishes
last, that candidate is eliminated and the vote then goes to the voter's
Dean said the "spoiler problem" would be negated by IRV. "We need complete
election reform. Ralph Nader would not be a threat (to defeating Bush) if
we had IRV," said Dean.
And, Nader said that IRV would have helped Dean stay in the Democratic
Party presidential race, explaining that major parties have "leverage
because they deny people votes...it's good to see how (IRV) works."
"Voters should have the freedom to vote their consciences; neither major
party 'owns' our votes," McKeown said. "Rather that arguing about alleged
'spoiler' effect,' wouldn't it be more productive to institute ranked
voting in this country, whereby voters get more choices and winners must be
elected by a true majority?"
McKeown added that IRV has been adopted in San Francisco and is used
throughout much of the rest of the world. Letting voters rank their
choices means a true majority carries the election, and so-called spoiling
just cannot happen, he said.
The Green Party of California
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Phone: (916) 448-3437