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instant runoff voting Syllabification: in·stant run·off vot·ing
(abbreviation: IRV)

Definition of instant runoff voting in English:


chiefly US
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.
Example sentences
  • We should push states to require majority winners through instant runoff voting.
  • In March, San Francisco voted to become the first American city to implement instant runoff voting for its major local elections.
  • Instant runoff voting, which compresses runoffs into general elections by having voters rank candidates in order of preference, is one solution.
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