BREAKING NEWS: Russo Says IRV Must Happen

In a strongly worded opinion made public today, Oakland City Attorney John Russo said it would be illegal for the Oakland City Council to try to block ranked choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting, from going into effect next year. Russo issued the opinion after receiving queries from council members. There had a concern among ranked choice voting advocates that the council might attempt to block the new voting system in 2010, despite the fact that 69 percent of Oakland voters approved it in the 2006 election.

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