assembly Bill A5261

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to instant run-off voting in the city of New York; repealer

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Feb 08, 2019 referred to election law

A5261 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Rpld & add §6-162, amd §7-114, El L

A5261 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Repeals the current system for run-off primary elections in the city of New York and replaces it with an instant run-off voting system by having voters rank candidates in order of preference.

A5261 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  5261

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 8, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced by M. of A. MOSLEY -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Election Law

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 Section 6-162 of the election law is  REPEALED  and  a  new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:
  §  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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD09433-01-9

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