Legislation

RCV New York City Ballot Question 1, a charter amendment concerning elections, is on the ballot for New York City voters on November 5, 2019.

YES!

yes vote is a vote in favor of amending the city charter to do the following:
  • establish ranked-choice voting to be used for primary and special elections beginning in 2021;
  • increase the time between a city office vacancy and the special election to fill it from 45 days (60 for mayor) to 80 days; and
  • change the timeline for city council redistricting to complete it prior to city council nominating petition signature collection.
NOno vote is a vote against amending the city charter regarding elections policy, thereby
  • leaving in place a plurality (or first-past-the-post) system for most city elections;
  • leaving the time between a city office vacancy and the special election to fill it at 45 days (60 days for mayor); and
  • leaving the timeline for city council redistricting unchanged.

Assembly Bill A8073
2019-2020 Legislative Session  Establishes a ranked choice voting method for certain local elections; provides for repeal of such provisions. Introduced by Lifton.
CURRENT BILL STATUS –
In Assembly Committee Elections Committee

Senate Bill S2717
2019-2020 Legislative Session Establishes a ranked choice voting method for certain local elections; provides for repeal of such provisions. Introduced by Liz Kruger (D) 28th, Co-Sponsors: Brad Hoylman (D) 27th, Rachel May (D) 53rd, José M. Serrano (D) 29th. CURRENT BILL STATUS –
In Senate Committee Elections Committee

NYC RCV Legislation referred to Elections Committee Jan 14, 2019 Sponsored by Sen Sanders, S1447 Enacts the “NYC instant run-off voting act,” aka Ranked Choice Voting. “This bill improves the current run-off system of elections for New York City offices by eliminating the current costly and low-turnout run-off election system in favor of an “instant runoff,” whereby voters rank candidates by order of preference and the top two vote getters (if none receives an outright majority of votes), instantly move to a second and final round of counting based on the votes cast for them on the ballots of eliminated candidates.” If this NYC RCV bill is passed, that will make getting statewide RCV all that much easier. NYC residents click below and tell your Senator to support the bill.

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