assembly Bill A7387

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Creates a pilot program to provide for an ranked choice voting method to be used in up to ten local governments for two years and provides for repeal of provisions

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to election law
Apr 29, 2019 referred to election law

A7387 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S3589
2011-2012: S422
2013-2014: S3274
2015-2016: S2738
2017-2018: A10886, S5605
2021-2022: A7203, S824

A7387 (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 2022 and 2023; requires report to state legislature.

A7387 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             April 29, 2019

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

AN  ACT  to create a pilot program to test a ranked choice voting method
  of elections; and providing for the repeal  of  such  provisions  upon
  expiration thereof


  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 ranked choice voting method provides for the majority election for
elective  offices.  Ranked choice 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 ranked choice voting meth-
od.  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 ensures that the elected candidate has
true majority support. In addition, the ranked choice voting method will
(1) promote higher voter turnout, and (2) encourage  positive  campaign-

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