Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) will be used in this year’s primary and special elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and City Council in New York City. This new approach to voting is structured to ensure the candidate with the most support is elected, especially in scenarios when no one candidate immediately gets a majority of the vote.

RCV allows voters to rank candidates in order of their preference, rather than just voting for one candidate. Voters can rank candidates from 1-5 in order of their preference. They may also choose to just vote for one candidate, as in the past.

This new process makes our voting system more inclusive and democratic, while also allowing for innovation to introduce greater confidence in voters. RCV does this by encouraging candidates to win support from voters, rather than simply attack opponents. It provides incentives for candidates to talk to a larger section of the electorate, and it allows similar candidates to compete because their supporters no longer have to worry about splitting votes among their supporters and allowing a disparate candidate to win the vote with less than 50 percent of the vote total.