C > E > A > D > F > B > G |

G > B > D > E > C > F > A |

A > F > C > G > D > B > E |

B > F > C > D > A > E > G |

B > E > D > F > A > G > C |

B > D > E > C > A > G > F |

B > C > A > F > G > D > E |

C > B > G > A > E > D > F |

D > F > B > E > C > G > A |

F > B > G > E > A > D > C |

D > A > E > G > F > B > C |

A > B > D > G > E > C > F |

B > E > D > G > C > F > A |

F > B > D > A > G > C > E |

D > A > B > E > C > F > G |

A > B > G > C > D > F > E |

D > E > F > G > A > C > B |

A > F > D > B > C > E > G |

A > D > E > G > B > C > F |

B > C > G > E > A > D > F |

G > E > C > F > B > A > D |

A > B > F > C > G > E > D |

E > F > A > B > D > C > G |

B > E > G > F > D > C > A |

B > A > E > D > C > F > G |

A > B > F > D > G > C > E |

A > C > B > E > G > F > D |

E > B > D > F > A > G > C |

C > B > E > A > G > F > D |

E > F > B > D > G > C > A |

E > A > C > G > B > D > F |

B > D > C > G > F > A > E |

F > C > G > D > B > E > A |

F > A > G > D > B > C > E |

E > G > F > C > B > D > A |

G > C > E > B > D > A > F |

E > G > B > C > D > A > F |

The Instant Runoff (IRV) election at left has **7 candidates** named
A,B,C,D,E,F,G. We chose "7" since that was
precisely the mean number who ran
for Australian House seats (each elected with IRV) in 2007.
Each line of the table is a single ballot.
There are **37 voters** (and hence 37 lines in the table).
We chose "37" since it is a
prime number, i.e. presumably less likely to yield ties, and
also since that makes the table just fit on 1 page.
This is a "random" 37×7 election example, not a "contrived" example: each of the 37 votes
here is an independent random ordering of the 7 candidates (all orderings equally likely),
namely the first 37 outputs of my random-perm generator.
The election proceeds as follows:

1. G eliminated (after breaking atiewith C via a coin toss).

2. F eliminated (after breaking a3-way tiewith C and D).

3. D eliminated.

4. C eliminated.

5. E eliminated.

6. A eliminated.

7.B wins![Incidentally, this particular election happens to be an "easy call" in the sense that essentially every election method ever seriously proposed, would elect B. Sorry to be boring.]

The red parts of each ballot are **ignored**
by the IRV process. It never looks at the red stuff, and whatever the voters wrote
on those parts of their ballots is completely irrelevant as far as IRV is concerned.

In this election IRV effectively forced 17 of the 37 voters (46%) to vote in plain
plurality style, since everything beyond their first choice was ignored.
Only 5 voters got to say more than their first two choices (13.5%; well, actually
everybody got to *say* their entire ordering, but for 86.5% of the voters, everything
they said beyond choice #2 was *ignored*).