City Club of Eugene: A Look at STAR Voting (Score, Then Automatic Runoff)

Jun 4, 2018

Recorded On: June 1st, 2018

Air Date: June 4th, 2018

Score the candidates, Then an Automatic Runoff, that’s the essence of a Lane County initiative petition that would change the way we elect officials for County offices. The petitioners call it STAR voting; they are working to put the measure on the General Election ballot this year.

The approach laid out in the petition would have voters cast their ballots just once, in the General Election, but give more input than just who they like best. Voters would rate the candidates according to how much they approve of them, for example with a score between 1 and 5. Elections officials would tally up all the scores and a winner would be declared at that time.

STAR voting is a form of Instant Runoff Voting, but differs from Ranked Choice Voting.

Chief Petitioners for the Lane County initiative have until late June to collect 11,506 signatures to place the measure on the November 2018 ballot.


Mark Frohnmayer  is a Eugene entrepreneur who heads up the Arcimoto electric vehicle company.

Alan Zundel is a retired political science professor who was a candidate for Secretary of State in 2016.

Robin Quirke is an Associate Researcher at PolicyInteractive, a Eugene-based nonpartisan, interdisciplinary team of researchers working to understand general public opinions.

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