|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 11, 2021||recommit, enacting clause stricken|
|Jan 06, 2021||referred to elections|
senate Bill S491
Current Bill Status - Stricken
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S491 (ACTIVE) - Details
S491 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER: S491 SPONSOR: KRUEGER TITLE OF BILL: 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 PURPOSE: To permit the use of the ranked choice voting method on a trial basis in elections in the years 2024 and 2025. This pilot program would permit the State Legislature to evaluate the broader application of the ranked choice voting method. SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: A new Article 18 of the election law is established.
S491 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 491 2021-2022 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 6, 2021 ___________ Introduced by Sens. KRUEGER, HOYLMAN, MAY, SERRANO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Elections 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 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
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