Join Common Cause New York and Fair Vote as we host an in-depth panel discussion that will highlight the current state of election outcomes in New York City and explore the potential impact of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in New York City.
Moderator: Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause/NY
Panelists: New York City Council Member Brad Lander, others TBA (will include elected officials and other stakeholders who operate in a RCV electoral system).
Election reform in New York City has languished over the years. Meanwhile, the city continues to be plagued by two recurring electoral outcomes that fly in the face of our democratic values: elections that are won with less than majority support and voters who are hesitant to vote their true preference. Over the last three election cycles 63.6% of multi-candidate primaries were won with less than 50% of the vote.
Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) has the potential to transform elections in New York City. RCV allows voters to rank candidates from first to last choice on the ballot. A candidate who collects a majority of the vote 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. RCV ensures that candidates would have majority support, encourages cooperation among candidates, and reduces the incentive for negative campaigning.