Sure enough, Memphis is mentioned as a pioneer in adopting instant runoff voting in an op-ed piece in today's The (Baltimore) Sun by John Anderson. The former Illinois Republican congressman, who pulled 7 percent of the vote as an independent candidate in the 1980 presidential election, has been a leading advocate of instant runoff voting, and it was his FairVote organization that honored Mulroy last December. Here's what he had to say in The Sun:
IRV keeps growing in popularity. Backed by such leaders as President Obama and Sen. John McCain, IRV will be used for coming elections in San Francisco, Oakland and Memphis. The British prime minister has pledged to hold a national referendum to adopt IRV in the United Kingdom. Even the Oscar for Best Picture this winter will go to a film selected by IRV.Of course, instant runoff voting in Memphis is limited in scope: It will apply only to single-district City Council elections, not to citywide or "super district" races. Theoretically, this could allow someone to win a citywide election with, say, 20 percent in a crowded field. But any fears of that happening in the recent special election were swept away in Mayor A C Wharton's 60 percent electoral tsunami.