Ballot (and Voter) 'Exhaustion' Under Instant Runoff Voting: An Examination of Four Ranked-Choice Elections

  title={Ballot (and Voter) 'Exhaustion' Under Instant Runoff Voting: An Examination of Four Ranked-Choice Elections},
  author={Craig M. Burnett and Vladimir Kogan},
  journal={Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  • C. Burnett, Vladimir Kogan
  • Published 5 November 2014
  • Political Science
  • Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal
Some proponents of municipal election reform advocate for the adoption of Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), a method that allows voters to rank multiple candidates according to their preferences. Although supporters claim that IRV is superior to the traditional primary-runoff election system, research on IRV is limited. We analyze data taken from images of more than 600,000 ballots cast by voters in four recent local elections. We document a problem known as ballot “exhaustion,” which results in a… 
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