assembly Bill A3608

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Creates a pilot program to provide for a 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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Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Feb 03, 2023 referred to election law

A3608 (ACTIVE) - Details

Law Section:
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: A10886
2019-2020: A7387
2021-2022: A7203

A3608 (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 2026 and 2027; requires report to state legislature.

A3608 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
                           I N  A S S E M B L Y
                             February 3, 2023
 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.