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Progressive Party Wins Burlington Mayor Election

Published on March 7, 2006, by in General.

Bob Kiss, Progressive Party nominee for Mayor of Burlington, Vermont, was elected on March 7. The election is partisan. The outgoing Mayor was a Democrat, but he didn’t run for re-election. Kiss is now a Progressive Party state legislator. The election was conducted using Instant-Runoff Voting. The first choice votes were Kiss 39%, Democrat 31%, Republican 26%, two independents together, 4%. After factoring in the 2nd choice votes from the voters who had made the Republican and one of the independents their first choices, the final tally was Kiss 54%, the Democrat 46%. This was the first partisan election conducted in the U.S. with Instant-Runoff Voting since the 1970′s.

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  1. Brad Moore

    Interesting…Kiss won by 8 percentage points over the Democrat in the initial vote and the IRV recalculation. So the Republican voters split pretty evenly between the Prog and Dem.

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  3. The Republican in this contest endorsed the Progressive candidate as the second-place choice, but the Democrat running refused to endorse anyone else, claiming that she was confident of victory on the first ballot. Seems that some candidates, regardless of their endorsement by Howard Dean, et. al., haven’t quite got the hang of elections where actual democracy is involved.

    The Republican candidate also voiced approval of the people’s choice, claiming he was glad he had worked to deny Ms. Miller, the Democrat, the office.

    (Also, surely the election occured on March 7, not November 7…?)

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