|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|May 31, 2019||referred to election law|
assembly Bill A8073
Current Bill Status - In Assembly Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
A8073 (ACTIVE) - Details
A8073 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 8073 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N A S S E M B L Y May 31, 2019 ___________ Introduced by M. of A. LIFTON -- read once and referred to the Committee on Election Law AN ACT to amend the election law, in relation to establishing a ranked choice voting method for certain local elections; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings. The current system of voting often results in the election of a candidate that 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 that 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 insures 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.
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