Ranked Choice Voting will be Question 1!*
Over the last year, RCV:NYC has united a nonpartisan, citywide network of voting rights and election reform advocates, good government groups, and everyday New Yorkers. We demanded the Charter Revision Commission seriously consider Ranked Choice Voting as a substantive reform to our local elections. Thanks to our collective action, they heard us and now it heads to voters for final approval.
We fought hard because our crowded primary and special elections continually produce undemocratic results – winners without majority support from voters. RCV would:
Make sure candidates win with a majority of the vote. Candidates will have to reach out to all constituents, not just their base, and therefore create a consensus winner.
Save money. The city would save millions by avoiding the occasional, but costly run-off election.
Give voters more of a voice. Instead of voting for just one candidate in a primary or special election, New Yorkers can rank their top 5 candidates.
How does this change voting for New Yorkers if Question 1 passes?
Starting in 2021, instead of voting for just one candidate, New Yorkers would be able to rank their top 5 candidates from first to last choice on the ballot in all primary and special elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President and City Council. If voters still want to vote for just one candidate, they can.
A candidate who collects a majority of the vote, fifty percent plus one, wins. If there’s no majority winner, then the last place candidate will be eliminated and the second choice votes for that candidate are redistributed. The process is repeated until there’s a majority winner.