Ranked Choice Voting:
Bringing New York City Together
Why does New York City need Ranked Choice Voting?
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.
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
New York City has a unique opportunity to bring transformative change to how New Yorkers vote. The 2019 Charter Revision Commission is considering Ranked Choice Voting as a possible recommendation to be approved on the ballot by voters in November.
RCV:NYC strongly urges the Commission to recommend a top five candidate Ranked Choice Voting system for all city offices in primary and special elections which will be implemented by 2021.