The Burlington mayoral election of 2009 occurred on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Burlington's mayoral race is partisan election that occurs every three years, and there are no term limits. The current mayor, Bob Kiss, has served since 2006. This marks the second mayoral election in Burlington using instant runoff voting (IRV). Unlike Burlington's first IRV mayoral election in 2006, the IRV winner in 2009 (Bob Kiss) was not the same as the plurality winner (Kurt Wright).
There was post-election controversy regarding the IRV method, mostly from supporters of Kurt Wright, the plurality winner of first-choice rankings. As a result IRV was repealed in 2010 by a vote of 52% to 48%.