|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Apr 21, 2014||referred to elections|
senate Bill S7033
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S7033 - Details
- Current Committee:
- Law Section:
- Election Law
- Laws Affected:
- Amd §6-162, El L; rpld §3-705 sub 5, §3-709 sub 6, NYC Ad Cd
- Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S7033 - Summary
Enacts the "NYC instant run-off voting act"; requires an instant run-off in any municipal election in New York City; provides that if one candidate for any municipal office receives a majority of first preferences, such candidate is elected; provides, however, if no candidate is the first choice of at least half the voters, the instant run-off re-tabulation shall be performed and then the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated… (view more) makes related changes.
S7033 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S7033 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the election law, in relation to enacting the "NYC instant run-off voting act"; and to repeal subdivision 5 of section 3-705 and subdivision 6 of section 3-709 of the administrative code of the city of New York relating to certain run-off elections in the city of New York PURPOSE: This bill improves the current run-off system of elections for New York City offices by eliminating the current costly and low-turnout run-off election system in favor of an "instant runoff," whereby voters rank candidates by order of preference and the top two vote getters (if none receives an outright majority of votes), instantly move to a second and final round of counting based on the votes cast for them on the ballots of eliminated candidates. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: § 1. Provides that the title of the act shall be the "instant run-off voting act." § 2. Section two provides for legislative findings. § 3. Amends section 6-162 of the election law to specify that all
S7033 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 7033 I N S E N A T E April 21, 2014 ___________ Introduced by Sen. SANDERS -- 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 enacting the "NYC instant run-off voting act"; and to repeal subdivision 5 of section 3-705 and subdivision 6 of section 3-709 of the administrative code of the city of New York relating to certain run-off elections in the city of New York THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "NYC instant run-off voting act". S 2. Legislative findings. The legislature hereby finds and declares that the run-off system of voting in primary elections for the offices of mayor, comptroller and public advocate in New York city is unduly expensive and generates an unacceptably low turnout of voters. Addi- tionally, the absence of any run-off system at all for the offices of borough president and council member has resulted in candidates being elected with much less than a majority of the votes cast, and signif- icantly dilutes minority voting power when multiple minority candidates compete for the same office. In an "instant run-off" system, voters rank candidates by order of preference, and if no candidate receives a major- ity of first-place votes, the top two candidates have the votes of elim- inated candidates redistributed to them in order of each voter's prefer- ence. The candidate with the most votes after this "second round" is the winner. An instant run-off voting system eliminates the need for a cost- ly and sparsely attended second election, rewards candidates who broaden their appeal as widely as possible, and promotes minority representation by limiting the dilution of minority voting power when multiple minority candidates are on the ballot for the same office. S 3. Section 6-162 of the election law, as amended by chapter 424 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: S 6-162. [Primary; New York City, run-off. 1. In the city of New York, when no candidate for the office of mayor, public advocate or comp- troller receives forty percent or more of the votes cast by the members EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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