With the new system, said one supporter, “candidates will have to knock on the door of not just a certain plurality, but on the diverse doors of NYC’s mosaic majority.”
Voting rights advocates celebrated a “huge win for democracy” Tuesday after New Yorkers approved a ballot measure that would establish ranked-choice voting in the nation’s most populous city.
“It’s been too easy for candidates to ignore marginalized communities, including LGBTQ voters, because they didn’t think they needed every vote to win. Ranked-choice voting ends that mindset.”
—Rod Townsend, Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC
With 90% reporting as of Wednesday morning, New York City’s Ballot Question 1 won approval from 73.5% of voters.
NYC’s ranked-choice voting (RCV) measure was supported by a number of advocacy groups, politicians, and even The New York Times editorial board, which called the question the “most exciting proposal” of the five measures considered by city voters Tuesday.
In an RCV system—also known as an instant runoff voting system—voters rank candidates for each office in order of preference on their ballots. If no candidate secures a majority of first-choice votes, an elimination process is triggered and continues until one candidate has majority support.
HUGE win for RCV in NYC.
The momentum continues.
This whole ranked-choice voting thing is really catching on. pic.twitter.com/CSrmqsw2tL
— Lee Drutman (@leedrutman) November 6, 2019
In addition to establishing RCV in primary and special elections for all local offices beginning in 2021, the ballot measure will “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.”
Celebrating the ballot measure’s passage on Tuesday night, Common Cause NY executive director Susan Lerner said that RCV “is the simple solution that puts power back in the hands of the people where it belongs. We look forward to working with our diverse partners and elected officials to educate New Yorkers on how this important reform will work in the local 2021 elections and beyond.”
The RCV provision garnered support from New Yorkers and national advocates alike. Backers included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)—a widely popular freshman congresswoman who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens—2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and city resident Andrew Yang, Rep. Nydia Velasquez (D-N.Y.), state Attorney General Letitia James, Democratic state Sen. Julia Salazar, NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, and actor, activist, and city resident Cynthia Nixon.
Thanks for voting #Yeson1, @CynthiaNixon! 🎊 #RankedChoiceVoting reforms NYC’s outdated election system and forces politicians to pay attention to every community. Vote #YesOn1 before 9 pm TODAY to bring RCV to NYC. Find your poll site: https://t.co/UM2LKAPmg7 pic.twitter.com/9l7Fr5mHQD
— Rank The Vote NYC (@RankTheVoteNYC) November 6, 2019
The advocacy group FairVote, which fights for fair elections and supports RCV, declared on Twitter: “This is huge for the #RankedChoiceVoting movement!”
This is huge for the #RankedChoiceVoting movement! “New York City has become the latest — and most populous — city to adopt ranked-choice voting, a major milestone for voting reform efforts.” https://t.co/Q7iE8pj32R
— FairVote (@fairvote) November 6, 2019
Supporters of an RCV system argue that it pushes candidates to focus on engaging voters rather than negative campaigning. FairVote president Rob Richie told Politico, “You’ve got to be, I think, a better candidate.”
“You as a candidate have a lot more reasons to have conversations and engagements with people,” he said. “The candidates that run traditional campaigns that involve using money and not using people have not done as well.”
Rod Townsend, president of the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, said in statement ahead of the vote Tuesday that “it’s been too easy for candidates to ignore marginalized communities, including LGBTQ voters, because they didn’t think they needed every vote to win. Ranked-choice voting ends that mindset because with RCV, every vote matters.”
“With ranked-choice voting, marginalized communities will be engaged by every candidate,” Townsend added. “Candidates will have to knock on the door of not just a certain plurality, but on the diverse doors of NYC’s mosaic majority.”
Crazed ‘MAGA mom’ interrupts MSNBC live shot to rant about impeachment ‘coup’
MSNBC's Garrett Haake struggled to maintain his focus after a Trump supporter interrupted his live shot from the U.S. Capitol to report on the impeachment process.
Shortly after the House Judiciary Committee approved two articles of impeachment, Texas realtor Trisha Hope -- a self-described "MAGA mom" who peddles books compiling President Donald Trump's tweets -- set off with her cell phone and recorded herself pestering lawmakers and reporters in the Capitol corridors.
‘Mafia in action’: Experts concerned by Giuliani and son walking into White House during impeachment vote
Legal experts are perplexed and expressing concern on the news Rudy Giuliani, who reportedly is under criminal investigation, walked into the White House just as the Judiciary Committee was passing Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.
CNN's Jim Sciutto and others posted this photo around 10:30 AM Friday morning:
Trump has been emboldened, not chastened, by impeachment. His personal attorney is at the WH right now after his trip to Ukraine to continue to dig up dirt on Joe Biden, the heart of this impeachment itself. And GOP is no longer lodging any protest. This is the reality for 2020. pic.twitter.com/Qhfs1CyJjD
The View urges Dems to go after Ivanka: ‘The Democrats need to get tough’
On Friday's "The View," a discussion on the attack Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) launched at former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter for getting his Ukraine job because of who his dad was at the time, turned to Ivanka Trump who has been cashing in while working in the White House.
With co-host Ana Navarro mentioning that Gaetz -- who attacked the younger Biden for his substance abuse problem while disregarding his own problems after being pulled over for a DUI which was dismissed on technical grounds -- was the son of a prominent Florida politician, co-host Joy Behar delivered some blunt talk about Hunter Biden and the first daughter.