L.A. Area Chamber Statement on Instant Runoff Voting for the City of Los Angeles

May 13, 2008

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce supports Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) for the City of Los Angeles, which would combine primary and runoff elections by allowing voters to rank candidates and use the rankings to elect a majority winner.  Already used in many other cities throughout the state and nation, IRV makes government more efficient and eliminates costly runoffs. The L.A. Area Chamber believes that IRV is good government policy which will save candidates and tax payers tens of millions of dollars in the years to come.

IRV will save money for candidates, who can now spend all their resources on a single race focused on the merits of their platforms, rather than bashing opponents.  This new campaign dynamic will bring new candidates and their issues into the local debate, leading to more competitive races for important local government posts.

IRV will save local government money.  Runoff elections are extremely expensive, costing the City of Los Angeles more than $9.2 million since 2001.  The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) have spent a combined $30.9 million administering runoff elections since 1993.  These costs will continue to escalate, and the L.A. Area Chamber believes these tax dollars can be better spent on other pressing needs in Los Angeles.

The decision to endorse IRV for the City of Los Angeles was reached by the Chamber’s Board of Directors at a meeting on May 8, 2008.

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The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

 


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