Ranked Choice Voting New York

We’re launching a Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) movement for New York State. You are invited to join.

We have chosen some potential dates/times for the RCV NY kickoff strategy meeting in Poughkeepsie.  Use this Doodle Poll  to help us pick the date.  At the 1st meeting we will discuss procedures for getting a RCV ballot proposal approved by the State Senate and Assembly.

With Ranked Choice Voting, NY state voters will be able to rank the candidates in order of preference. If the voter’s first choice doesn’t win, his/her vote will go to the second choice, and etc., until one candidate gets 51% percent of the vote and is declared the winner. With RCV in place,

  1. Voter participation tends to increase.
  2. There is greater voter satisfaction with the results of the electoral process. The winning candidate is approved by a greater number of voters.
  3. Voters feel free to vote for candidates whose policies they prefer, without worrying about “wasting” their votes on candidates who may not have the best chance of winning.
  4. Campaigns tend to be less negative. Candidates find that it is preferable to talk positively about policies they support rather than criticize the character of their opponent because they may want to be their opponent’s supporters’ second choice.
  5. Vote shaming and fighting within groups with similar interests is eliminated. Established party candidates and supporters will no longer have reason to feel other party candidates “steal” votes.
  6. Candidates who are unable to raise large sums of money will not be excluded from the race as not viable.
  7. With Ranked Choice Voting every vote counts and all voices are heard.

Our task is to [a] promote this meeting to 300+ known or prospective RCV supporters, [b] capture 30-40 RSVPs, and [c] get at least 20 people to attend. This is just the first meeting of several across the state.

Right now, please do these two actions:

[1] PUT YOUR NAME ON THE LIST OF RCV SUPPORTERS

Tell us your behind the RCV movement. If you want to attend meetings and volunteer to tell others about RCV, tell us about yourself and your hopes for RCV.

 

[2] IF YOU CAN ATTEND THE 1ST MEETING, CHOOSE WHEN YOU ARE FREE IN EARLY JANUARY

The meeting location will be held in Poughkeepsie. If you would like to attend, please click the link to the Doodle poll below and select the times that work for you.

Choose dates/times in the Doodle Poll:

https://doodle.com/poll/w2dvqqbdg4kq8zn5

We’ll get 10-20 people to fill out the Doodle poll, then we’ll finalize the date and send it far and wide, shooting for 20 people minimum to attend the first statewide meeting!

Thanks!

Dave Heller and Tori Alexander

Founding Members

Dave Heller
Ranked Choice Advocate since 2001.  Ran for Congress in Berkeley, CA against Barbara Lee.  Currently co-host of public affairs radio program WHVW 950AM Hyde Park, NY.

Adam Friedman
I have served as the director of Citizens for Voter Choice (now Voter Choice MA) since 2010. I am currently on the boards of MassVOTE and Common Cause Massachusetts. For work, I run Civera Software, a startup that makes web applications to provide better access to public records. I created the state’s first comprehensive election results database based on official sources (here: http://electionstats.state.ma.us) I have been a full-stack web software engineer since 2007. I have a BA in History from BU.
How will RCV NY pay for at least one full-time organizer? How will we pull together enough funding from allied organizations and major individual and institutional donors?

Victoria Alexander, PhD
I worked as a volunteer with Free & Equal Elections Foundation 2013-2015 and in 2018 ran for Congress in NY19 with ranked choice at the top of my platform. I co-host a public affairs radio program on WHVW, Hyde Park, NY with Dave Heller, and I manage DirectDemocracyUS.org. Professionally, I’m a science/humanities researcher and a political-satire novelist.  I am currently serving as a Fulbright Specialist, and I’m a former Public Scholar with the NY Council for the Humanities and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center alum.
As NYers we have only the Legislatively Referred Amendment as a means to get RCV on the ballot for voter approval.  What successful strategies have ballot proposal groups used in previous years?