senate Bill S3589A

2009-2010 Legislative Session

Creates a pilot program to provide for an instant runoff voting method to be used in up to ten local governments for two years

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Mar 25, 2010 print number 3589a
Mar 25, 2010 amend and recommit to elections
Jan 06, 2010 referred to elections
Mar 25, 2009 referred to elections

Co-Sponsors

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S3589 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7492
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Elections
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S422, A7009
2013-2014: S3274
2015-2016: S2738
2017-2018: S5605
2019-2020: S2517

S3589 - Summary

Creates a pilot program to provide for an instant runoff voting method to be used in up to ten local governments, selected by the state board of elections, in election years 2011 and 2012; requires report to state legislature.

S3589 - Sponsor Memo

S3589 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  3589

                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 25, 2009
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  KRUEGER,  HASSELL-THOMPSON,  HUNTLEY, MONSERRATE,
  PERKINS -- read twice and ordered printed,  and  when  printed  to  be
  committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to create a pilot program to test an instant runoff voting method
  of  elections  and  providing  for  the repeal of such provisions upon
  expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings. The current system of voting often
results in the election of a candidate who does not  have  the  majority
support  of  the  electorate  when  there  are  three or more candidates
running for an elective office. Further, where there are three  or  more
candidates  for an elective office, voters often will not vote for their
preferred candidate to avoid "wasting" their vote on a "spoiler"  candi-
date.    Rather,  they  will  vote  against a candidate they dislike, by
voting for a leading candidate that they perceive as the lesser  of  two
evils.  The result of the current system in multi-candidate races can be
the election of candidates who lack majority support.
  The instant runoff voting method provides for  the  majority  election
for  elective  offices. Instant runoff voting gives voters the option to
rank candidates according to the order of their choice. If no  candidate
obtains  a  majority of first-choice votes, then the candidate receiving
the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated.  Each  vote  cast  for  the
eliminated  candidate  shall be transferred to the candidate who was the
voter's next choice on the ballot. The  process  is  continued  until  a
candidate receives a majority of votes.
  There  are  several  potential  benefits  to the instant runoff voting
method. First, voters are free to mark their ballot  for  the  candidate
they  truly  prefer without fear that their choice will help elect their
least preferred candidate. Second, it insures that the elected candidate
has true majority support. In addition, the instant runoff voting method

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09740-01-9

Co-Sponsors

S3589A (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7492
Current Committee:
Senate Elections
Law Section:
Elections
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S422, A7009
2013-2014: S3274
2015-2016: S2738
2017-2018: S5605
2019-2020: S2517

S3589A (ACTIVE) - Summary

Creates a pilot program to provide for an instant runoff voting method to be used in up to ten local governments, selected by the state board of elections, in election years 2011 and 2012; requires report to state legislature.

S3589A (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3589A (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                 3589--A

                       2009-2010 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 25, 2009
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, HASSELL-THOMPSON, HUNTLEY, PERKINS, SAVINO,
  SQUADRON  --  read  twice  and ordered printed, and when printed to be
  committed to the Committee on Elections -- recommitted to the  Commit-
  tee on Elections in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to create a pilot program to test an instant runoff voting method
  of  elections  and  providing  for  the repeal of such provisions upon
  expiration thereof

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  Legislative  findings. The current system of voting often
results in the election of a candidate who does not  have  the  majority
support  of  the  electorate  when  there  are  three or more candidates
running for an elective office. Further, where there are three  or  more
candidates  for an elective office, voters often will not vote for their
preferred candidate to avoid "wasting" their vote on a "spoiler"  candi-
date.    Rather,  they  will  vote  against a candidate they dislike, by
voting for a leading candidate that they perceive as the lesser  of  two
evils.  The result of the current system in multi-candidate races can be
the election of candidates who lack majority support.
  The instant runoff voting method provides for  the  majority  election
for  elective  offices. Instant runoff voting gives voters the option to
rank candidates according to the order of their choice. If no  candidate
obtains  a  majority of first-choice votes, then the candidate receiving
the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated.  Each  vote  cast  for  the
eliminated  candidate  shall be transferred to the candidate who was the
voter's next choice on the ballot. The  process  is  continued  until  a
candidate receives a majority of votes.
  There  are  several  potential  benefits  to the instant runoff voting
method. First, voters are free to mark their ballot  for  the  candidate

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09740-03-0

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