Ranked Choice Voting: Bringing New York City Together

Ranked Choice Voting:
On the NYC Ballot in November!


Get Involved! We did it!

Ranked Choice Voting will be on the ballot in November. We fought hard because our crowded primary and special elections continually produce undemocratic results. Far too often, these elections produce winners with less than 50% of the vote. This means the majority of our elected officials win their primaries — which virtually guarantees election in November — without majority support in their districts from the primaries. That’s not really democratic representation.

This isn’t an abstract concern. In 2021:

  • Over 70% of our local offices will be up for grabs in wide open primaries, as nearly 70% of city council members, every Borough President, the Comptroller, and the Mayor will be term limited out of office.

  • Preliminary projections indicate that over 500 candidates will be competing for 42 open seats in our local elections. That’s an average of 12 candidates per race.

The time for reform is now.


What is Ranked Choice Voting?

With Ranked Choice Voting, voters rank their top 5 candidates from first to last choice on the ballot. A candidate who collects a majority of the vote, fifty percent plus one, wins. If there’s no majority, then the last place candidate will be eliminated and votes reallocated. The process is repeated until there’s a majority winner.


Why does New York City need Ranked Choice Voting?

The Solution

Instead of a fractured electoral landscape, Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) would:

  • Bring communities together. New Yorkers are well served when their elected representatives have the support of the majority of their constituents.

  • Produce consensus candidates. Candidates would move to the general election with majority support from their district. Elected officials benefit from a broader base of support.

  • Save money. The city would save money by avoiding the occasional, but costly run-off election.

How we do it

Ranked Choice Voting will be on the November ballot for New York City voters. In June, the 2019 Charter Revision Commission adopted the entirety of our recommendations and is allowing voters to choose a top five candidate Ranked Choice Voting system for all city offices in primary and special elections which will be implemented by 2021.

Stay tuned for more details on our upcoming ballot campaign.


Who supports Ranked Choice Voting in New York City?

Ranked Choice Voting enjoys broad support among New Yorkers including:

Community Supporters:

  • Brooklyn Voters Alliance (BVA)

  • Chhaya CDC

  • Chinese American Planning Council

  • Citizen Action

  • Citizens Union

  • Common Cause/NY

  • Minkwon Center for Community Action


  • The New York Immigration Coalition

  • Reinvent Albany

Elected Officials:

  • Attorney General Letitia James

  • Comptroller Scott Stringer

  • Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

  • Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer

  • Speaker Corey Johnson

  • Councilmember Rafael Espinal

  • Councilmember Ben Kallos

  • Councilmember Brad Lander

  • Councilmember Stephen Levin

  • Councilmember Mark Levine

  • Councilmember Keith Powers

  • Councilmember Antonio Reynoso


Why Ranked Choice Voting?

Read our original research on how our elections produce undemocratic outcomes and what we can do to fix them.

Ranked Choice Voting Works!

What do Maine, Santa Fe, and San Francisco have in common? Ranked Choice Voting! Cities and states across the country use ranked choice voting. And has earned the support of:

  • The New York Times notes, “ranked-choice voting can’t single-handedly fix America’s broken elections, but it’s a worthwhile experiment, and it’s already proved to make for a better process, particularly in candidate-heavy primaries.” (June 2018)

  • The Washington Post supports ranked choice voting as an excellent alternative to electing officials who are opposed by a majority of voters. (June 2018)

  • The Economist backs Ranked Choice Voting because it gives “office-seekers a reason to build bridges with opponents rather than torch them.” (July 2018)