Lawmakers to host virtual ranked choice voting seminar
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BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Assembly members Nily Rozic and
Daniel Rosenthal will be partnering
with Common Cause NY to host a virtual
ranked choice voting seminar on
Thursday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.
Ranked choice voting will begin in
Queens next year with the Feb. 2 special
election for the District 24 City
Council District seat.
“New York is making strides in
implementing voting reforms, but
with that comes the need to educate
and inform voters,” Rozic said. “With
the February special election around
the corner, teaming up with Common
Cause and Assemblyman Rosenthal
will provide voters with the knowledge
needed for a successful first run of
ranked choice voting in NYC.”
Rozic and Rosenthal will be joined
by Susan Lerner, director of Common
Cause, which has been dedicated to
empowering and protecting the voice
of the people in the political process by
promoting equal rights, opportunity
and representation for all.
Lerner will provide voters with
a breakdown of how ranked choice
voting works and what to expect on
“New Yorkers deserve elections
that lift up our voices, and push candidates
to campaign better,” Lerner
said. “Ranked Choice Voting (RCV)
is the simple solution that puts power
back in the hands of the people where
Ranked choice voting was overwhelmingly
approved by voters last
year as an amendment to the City
Charter. New York City will be the
first municipality in the state to use
this voting method for City Council,
borough president and citywide races.
Under ranked choice voting, voters
will have the option to rank up to five
candidates in their order of preference.
This new system is intended to eliminate
costly runoffs and encourage
candidates to broaden community outreach
throughout their campaigns.
“In the wake of our recent election,
it is evident that New Yorkers deserve
more from our voting system,” Rosenthal
said. “As we stand poised to implement
the state’s first ranked choice
voting program, it is vitally important
to ensure that our communities are informed
and well positioned to exercise
Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed
by e-mail at cmohamed@schnepsmedia.
com or by phone at (718) 260–4526.
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