Why Instant Runoffs?
Instant runoff elections increase turnout and give everyone a voice.
Instant runoff elections increase turnout in the final round of voting and ensure that everyone's voice is heard in electing representatives by a true majority.
While the intent of a runoff election is to elect a candidate who represents the majority of voters, in more than 80 percent of recent elections fewer voters participated in the runoff as compared to the first round vote.
With no need for a separate runoff election, instant runoff elections reduce costs and alleviate the taxpayer burden.
On average, the cost of a runoff election in Georgia costs a staggering three-fourths the cost of a primary, with a median cost per voter just below a dollar at $0.987. With the cost per registrant for a runoff averaging $1.05 per voter, the projected cost for a statewide runoff in 2020 exceeds $6.75 million.
Instant runoff elections reduce personal attacks and keep campaigns focused on the issues.
With second and third choice votes at stake, candidates are more likely to run civil campaigns that focus on the issues important to voters.
Instant runoffs eliminate the "spolier effect."
Instant runoffs eliminate the potential for third-party or minor-party candidates to affect election outcomes.