Mayor Won't Push For An End To Run-Off Elections-- For Now

Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner said Tuesday, that he will “put on hold”—a plan to ask city council to consider a plan that could ultimately result in ending runoff elections.
Earlier this week, Garner said he believes that requiring only a plurality of votes for a victory would save the city money and be easier for the candidates involved.
But he doesn’t see complete support for the idea at this time.
Garner says he is looking at other ideas to avoid paying for a second election day, including what is referred to as ‘instant-runoff voting.’  
The ‘IRV’ electoral system allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference rather than voting for a single candidate. If a candidate secures more than half of votes cast, that candidate wins. Otherwise, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Ballots assigned to the eliminated candidate are recounted and assigned to those of the remaining candidates who rank next in order of preference on each ballot. This process continues until one candidate wins by obtaining more than half the votes.
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