|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 25, 2019||referred to elections|
senate Bill S2517
Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Elections Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S2517 - Details
S2517 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S2517 SPONSOR: KRUEGER TITLE OF BILL: 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 expi- ration thereof PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This act would permit the use of the ranked choice voting method on a trial basis in certain local elections in years 2022 and 2023. This pilot program would permit the State Legislature to evaluate the broader application or the ranked choice voting method to elections in New York State. SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1. Legislative Findings Definitions
S2517 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 2517 2019-2020 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E January 25, 2019 ___________ Introduced by Sen. KRUEGER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections 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 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 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.
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