Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Run-off election expense at GVEA

One of the concerns of the nomination committee, as cited in the article in the News-Miner today, was "the cost of a run-off election". This was apparently why they narrowed the field down to two candidates.

Well, the utility could always institute Instant Run-Off Voting, you know. Lots of organizations do it. I wrote about this issue in an editorial on the Fairbanks city mayoral election, and here it comes up again in a different place. Looks like GVEA could do with IRVing, too.


Tania said...

Oh, come come now. Dontcha know that the masses are too stoopid to understand how IRV works?

Any news on Tom's petition? I spread the word to my friends that live in District 2, but I live in Schikora's district, so I can't sign. Sigh.

Deirdre Helfferich said...

I think he's got at least half of the signatures he needs, but I'm not positive about that.

I'm not sure when the annual meeting is; it doesn't say on the GVEA website. (The 60th meeting videos are up, although apparently there's nothing so mundane as minutes on that page, just "innings"--o gag me with a spoon on WAY too much cutesyness.) I suppose we could suggest IRV there. Or perhaps to our current board members.