Vermont Secretary of State Deborah Markowitz made a case for Instant Runoff Voting to her colleagues at a July 28, 2002 meeting in Rhode Island of the National Association of Secretaries of State. FairVote Minnesota board chair Tony Solgard was part of the team from the Center for Voting and Democracy that contributed to the presentation. A PowerPoint slide show that accompanied Secretary Markowitz' remarks can be viewed athttp://vermont-elections.org/elections1/irv/. Secretary Markowitz reported that election officials from several other states requested copies of the slide show.
Earlier this year, a past president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, Sharon Priest, the current Secretary of State of Arkansas, called for Instant Runoff Voting for some elections in her state (seehttp://www.fairvotemn.org/articles/arkansasirv_07232002.html). In most states, the Secretary of State is the chief election official of the state. This kind of activity at their national association meeting and independently by a past president of the association is a sign of the increasing receptivity to Instant Runoff Voting by the nation's top election officials