Citizens Union believes our democracy is strongest when more of us are participating. That’s why we’ve fought for – and won – reforms that expand and protect the right to vote in New York State.
For too long, New York had regressive voting laws that depressed voter participation. Thankfully, in January of 2019, the State Legislature passed a package of reforms, including early voting, consolidating federal and local primaries, same day voter registration, no excuse absentee voting and pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds. These reforms have boosted voter turnout in other states across the country and will be a boon to democracy in New York. We will continue to advocate to ensure that these reforms are supported by adequate funding.
This November, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to bring Ranked Choice Voting to City elections by voting Yes on Question 1.
Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote on the first tally, then the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated. The votes for that candidate then go to the candidate ranked second. This continues until two candidates remain.
Ranked Choice Voting gives voters more choices and saves taxpayer money by avoiding costly runoff elections. Long an advocate for ranked choice voting, Citizens Union is pleased that the Charter Revision Commission has heard our recommendations and will allow New Yorkers to vote on it this November.