NYC Voters Opt For Ranked-Choice Voting System
On election day this Tuesday, NYC residents voted to institute a ranked-choice voting system, give the Civilian Complaint Review Board more power to investigate police officers and create a rainy day fund for the city.
The new voting system will allow voters to rank candidates from one to five, beginning in 2021, and will be used in special and primary elections for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council.
If there is no majority winner in an election, the new system will eliminate the last place candidate, and anyone who voted for this candidate will then have their second-choice vote counted instead. This method will continue until a winner is determined.
“Ranked Choice Voting is just one way we can make our politics more responsive and dynamic,” said Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang in a tweet.
NYC will become one of 15 municipalities in the country to use ranked-choice voting in 2021, according to FairVote. The move comes as NYC is attempting to streamline the voting process and encourage higher voter turnout. This October, the city implemented early voting for the first time, and saw an estimated 1.14% of registered voters cast their votes early, according to amNY.
Advocates say ranking candidates will prevent unnecessary run-off elections, and that it will encourage candidates to appeal to a broader base of voters.
“No longer will candidates in NYC be able to ignore large swaths of the electorate,” said NYC City Council Member Mark Levine in a tweet. “We’ll see less negative campaigning and more coalition building. Truly a game change for NYC elections.”
Opponents claim the system will hurt communities of color and diminish their influence.
Also on Tuesday, Democrat Jumaane Williams beat out Republican City Councilmember Joe Borelli to win re-election in a special election for public advocate. Williams won the position in a February special election, in which he defeated 16 other candidates.
Democrat and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz was elected district attorney in Queens, making her the first woman to hold the post. Katz had an easy win over Republican Joe Murray, but not before a close primary against Tiffany Cabán required a manual recount of the vote.
In the only statewide election, Republican George Borello carried 72% of the vote and beat out 22-year-old Democratic challenger Austin Morgan to win the State Senate special election in District 57.
WHAT THE LEFT IS SAYING: NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “Find out how you’re going to vote! This year we have 5 ballot proposals, including one on RANKED CHOICE VOTING which is pretty cool.”
2. Find out how you’re going to vote! This year we have 5 ballot proposals, including one on RANKED CHOICE VOTING which is pretty cool.
Here’s the NYT breakdown on the proposals. It includes their endorsements & rationale but of course vote as you wish: https://t.co/gETXK8RG8s
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 3, 2019
WHAT THE RIGHT IS SAYING: NYC City Councilmember Joe Borelli: “How does the current system *NOT place power in the hands of voters?”
How does the current system *NOT place power in the hands of voters? https://t.co/gOicKizvn3
— Joe Borelli (@JoeBorelliNYC) November 2, 2019