Secretary of State Sam Reed told the Tri-City Herald’s editorial board this week that he’s not so sure about instant runoff voting, according to a post on Herald political reporter Chris Mulick’s blog.
Pierce County voters last month adopted IRV, a method that eliminates primary elections and allows voters to rank their choices in order of preference, for most county elections beginning in 2008. As Mulick notes, the city of Vancouver is also authorized to use IRV.
Reed — who was a big supporter of the blanket primary that IRV seeks to replace — apparently is concerned that IRV would be too complicated and expensive for county auditors to administer and too difficult for voters to figure out. Perhaps Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy and Pierce County voters will prove him wrong.