senate Bill S6862

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to instant run-off elections in N.Y. city

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Mar 20, 2014 referred to elections

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S6862 - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7013A
Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §6-162, amd §7-114, El L

S6862 - Summary

Relates to instant run-off elections in cities with a population of one million or more.

S6862 - Sponsor Memo

S6862 - Bill Text download pdf

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

                                  6862

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             March 20, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections

AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to instant run-off  voting
  in  the city of New York; and to repeal certain provisions of such law
  relating thereto

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

  Section  1.  Section  6-162  of the election law is REPEALED and a new
section 6-162 is added to read as follows:
  S 6-162. PRIMARY; NEW YORK CITY, INSTANT RUN-OFF  VOTING.  1.  IN  THE
CITY  OF  NEW  YORK,  ANY  CITY-WIDE PRIMARY ELECTIONS FOR THE OFFICE OF
MAYOR, PUBLIC ADVOCATE OR COMPTROLLER, IN WHICH MORE THAN TWO CANDIDATES
APPEAR ON THE BALLOT FOR THE SAME OFFICE, SHALL BE CONDUCTED BY  INSTANT
RUN-OFF VOTING.
  2.  FOR  THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM INSTANT RUN-OFF VOTING
MEANS AN ELECTION IN WHICH VOTERS MAY RANK  UP  TO  FIVE  CANDIDATES  IN
ORDER  OF  PREFERENCE, FIRST, SECOND, AND SO ON, AND IN WHICH TABULATION
PROCEEDS IN UP TO TWO ROUNDS AS FOLLOWS: IF THE CANDIDATE WITH THE  MOST
VOTES  RECEIVES  A VOTE TOTAL LESS THAN FIFTY PERCENT PLUS ONE VOTE, THE
TWO CANDIDATES WITH THE MOST VOTES PROCEED TO A SECOND ROUND OF  BALLOT-
COUNTING.  IN  SUCH  SECOND  ROUND, EACH BALLOT IS COUNTED AS A VOTE FOR
WHICHEVER OF THE TWO ADVANCING  CANDIDATES  IS  RANKED  HIGHER  BY  THAT
VOTER.  ANY BALLOT THAT DOES NOT RANK EITHER OF THE TWO ADVANCING CANDI-
DATES  SHALL  NOT BE COUNTED IN THE SECOND ROUND. THE CANDIDATE WITH THE
MOST VOTES IN THE SECOND ROUND SHALL BE DECLARED THE WINNER.
  3. THAT PORTION OF THE BALLOT PERTAINING  TO  ELECTIONS  CONDUCTED  BY
INSTANT  RUN-OFF  VOTING SHALL ALLOW A VOTER TO RANK CANDIDATES IN ORDER
OF CHOICE IN A WAY THAT IS  CLEAR  AND  EASY  TO  UNDERSTAND  AND  SHALL
INCLUDE  THE OPPORTUNITY TO RANK NO MORE THAN ONE WRITE-IN CANDIDATE. TO
THE EXTENT POSSIBLE, BALLOTS SHALL BE DESIGNED SO THAT A VOTER MAY  MARK
THAT  VOTER'S FIRST CHOICE IN THE SAME MANNER AS FOR OFFICES NOT ELECTED
BY INSTANT RUN-OFF VOTING.
  4. INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BALLOT FOR ELECTIONS CONDUCTED BY INSTANT  RUN-
OFF  VOTING  MUST CONFORM SUBSTANTIALLY TO THE FOLLOWING SPECIFICATIONS,

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

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