in several Vermont cities elected mayors yesterday, including Burlington. The city is unique because it uses
Instant Run Off voting to elect their top office. Burlington’s Progressive Mayor Bob Kiss is headed for a second term
after narrowly edging out Republican City Council President Kurt Wright.
choosing the mayor of Vermont’s largest city next week can be forgiven if they take
a little extra time at the polling booth. Burlington’s mayor will be chosen by Instant Run-off voting, or
IRV for short. But
this time around some critics of IRV fear that no matter who the eventual
winner is…the process that got him there will leave a bitter aftertaste.
Meeting Day is a little more than a week away, when Vermonters will vote on a
variety of municipal issues. The
highest profile contest is the race for mayor of Burlington. And,
as VPR’s Ross Sneyd report, the race could well be decided by an instant