assembly Bill A4495

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Relates to establishing a ranked choice voting method for general elections, special elections and primaries within the state

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Feb 04, 2021 referred to election law

A4495 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Election Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 18 §§18-100 - 18-112, El L
Versions Introduced in 2019-2020 Legislative Session:
A9771

A4495 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a ranked choice voting method to be implemented by local governments for use in general elections, special elections and primaries within the state.

A4495 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

 
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   4495
 
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
 
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
 
                             February 4, 2021
                                ___________
 
 Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  O'DONNELL  --  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  general  elections, special elections and
   primaries within the state

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   Section  1.  The election law is amended by adding a new article 18 to
 read as follows:
                                ARTICLE 18
                        RANKED CHOICE VOTING METHOD
 SECTION 18-100. DEFINITIONS.
         18-102. RANKED CHOICE VOTING METHOD FOR STATE ELECTIONS.
         18-104. RANKED  CHOICE  VOTING  METHOD   PERMITTED   FOR   LOCAL
                   ELECTIONS.
         18-106. RANKED CHOICE VOTING METHOD; BALLOTS.
         18-108. RANKED CHOICE VOTING METHOD; PROCEDURES.
         18-110. VOTER EDUCATION.
         18-112. CONSTRUCTION.
   §  18-100.  DEFINITIONS. 1. "RANKED CHOICE VOTING METHOD" SHALL MEAN A
 METHOD OF CASTING AND TABULATING VOTES THAT SIMULATES THE BALLOT  COUNTS
 THAT  WOULD  OCCUR  IF  ALL  VOTERS  PARTICIPATED  IN A SERIES OF RUNOFF
 ELECTIONS, WHEREBY THE VOTERS RANK CANDIDATES ACCORDING TO THE ORDER  OF
 THEIR CHOICE AND, IF NO CANDIDATE HAS RECEIVED A MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST,
 THEN  THE CANDIDATE WITH THE FEWEST FIRST CHOICE VOTES IS ELIMINATED AND
 THE REMAINING CANDIDATES ADVANCE TO ANOTHER  COUNTING  ROUND.  IN  EVERY
 ROUND, EACH BALLOT IS COUNTED AS ONE VOTE FOR THE HIGHEST RANKED ADVANC-
 ING CANDIDATE.
   2.  "LOCAL  GOVERNMENT"  SHALL  MEAN A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN, VILLAGE, OR
 SCHOOL DISTRICT.

  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD08751-01-1