See Process Descriptions for more detail on each of these initiatives….
New York City: The opportunity to choose Ranked Choice Voting in New York City’s municipal elections will appear on the NYC ballot this Fall held on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019.
This is a positive move for election reform and should be promoted and encouraged in order for it to be passed in the coming election. If it passes, it will substantially expand the total number of voters in the United States that have the opportunity to participate in RCV. This would move the city towards more candidates who are focused on a broad array of the constituents rather than just a particular narrow-interest sector. Typical results are: 1) less negative campaigning, 2) no ‘spoiler’ candidates who displace the common favorite, 3) greater voter turnout, 4) ultimate voter satisfaction with the election process, and 5) no run-off elections.
The 2019 City Charter Revision Commission, after a series of public meetings and input from related experts, chose five major areas for change. Listed first is Elections (Ranked Choice Voting), followed by changes in the Civilian Complaint Review Board (explanation of deviations from disciplinary recommendations), Governance (Public Advocate budget input), Budget (a rainy-day’ fund, and Land Use (more time for application reviews).
In voting on the proposed ballot items, the Commission had the opportunity to apply RCV to all municipal elections but voted to use RCV only in Primary and Special Elections. An amendment to apply RCV to general elections as well was voted down in the Commission by 8 to 6. The offices subject to RCV include: Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council Members. Voters will be permitted to rank in order of preference up to five candidates in the primaries or special elections.
How It Works: if no candidate receives a majority of first-choice votes, the candidate with the least number of first-choice votes would be eliminated, and the voters who chose that candidate would have their votes transferred to their second-choice candidate. If there were no majority, this process would repeat until two candidates remained, and the candidate with the most votes at that point would win the election.
This can be a positive step forward for election reform and we believe a contribution to getting our government working again. Support it.
Missouri: This required a defensive effort, which was successful, to head off an initiative that has been passed by the Missouri House two out of required three times, to revert to Closed Primaries! MO – 2019-07-30
Massachusetts: MA has an active group, Voter Choice MA, which is active in getting ranked choice voting for primaries and state offices through the state legislature or on the 2020 ballot as an initiative.
Maine: Maine is attempting by legislation to implement Ranked Choice Voting for presidential primaries. MO – 2019-06-22
Florida: The Democratic Party in Miami/Dade County is implementing Open Primaries to non-affiliated voters for its Primary, and is working to implement for the state Primary. MO – 2019-06-22
Florida: “All Voters Vote” is organizing a ballot initiative, to get some form of Open Primaries on the ballot in 2020 for implementation in 2022. MO – 2019-06-22
Florida: A good summary of Electoral Reform efforts in Florida can be found at http://www.floridaelectoralreform.org/electoral_reform/solution.html – MO 2019-06-22
New York City: The City Council is moving forward to implement Ranked Choice Voting to avoid multiple runoff elections. MO – 2019-06-22