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|Mar 20, 2014||referred to elections|
senate Bill S6862
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
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S6862 - Details
S6862 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S6862 TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE: To establish instant run-off voting in primary elections for mayor, public advocate, and comptroller in the city of New York. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill repeals Section 6-162 of the election law and adds a new Section 6162. Subdivision 1 defines which offices are subject to instant run-off voting. Subdivision 2 defines instant runoff voting and provides that a second round of voting, using the instant runoff voting method, shall take place if the candidate with the most votes receives less than fifty percent plus one vote in the initial round of voting. Subdivision 3 provides guidelines for the design of the ballots to be used in instant run-off elections. Subdivision 4 defines the instructions to be printed on the ballot. Subdivision 5 provides that the board of elections, with the approval of the state board of elections, may adopt devices, methods, and ballot formats for sorting, counting, tabulating, and invalidating votes for offices subject to instant runoff voting, provided that any such changes substantially conform to the provisions of this chapter. Section 2 of the bill amends subdivision 2 of Section 7-114 of the election law to clarify that the instructions printed on the ballot for
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 Section 6-162 of the election law is REPEALED and a new section 6-162 is added to read as follows: S 6-162.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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