As the Carolina Journal reports, the 13 candidates vying for the single spot on the NC Court of Appeals are in an unusual race this year. That’s because when Jim Wynn was appointed to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, there was not enough time to have a primary. So this year, we’ll see an “instant runoff” which allows voters to choose their first, second and third choices on the ballot. It’s the first time a U.S. state has used this system in a primary election. If it goes well, lawmakers will consider expanding its use to general elections.
Said Michael Munger, a Duke University professor and former Libertarian candidate for governor:

“The current system forces people to vote for someone they don’t like to keep the person they hate out of office,” Munger said. “We’re always voting our fears.” Instant runoff voting, he said, gives people the chance to “vote their dreams.”