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Not so quick: Instant runoff requires preparation (access required)

For the voters, it might be as easy as one, two, three. For election officials, not so much. The new instant-runoff system that will be used in what has been referred to as a free-for-all race for the Court of Appeals seat vacated by Judge James Wynn is still under development at the state Board of Elections. No fewer than 13 candidates signed up during a one-week filing period after Wynn was confirmed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and elections officials are facing a unique challenge as they put together a system to use the instant-runoff vote statewide for the first time.

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