Home General New York City Board of Elections Considers Instant-Runoff Voting for Citywide Elections

New York City Board of Elections Considers Instant-Runoff Voting for Citywide Elections

Published on January 23, 2013, by in General.

The New York City Board of Elections is considering Instant-Runoff Voting for citywide elective office. See this story. The interest is sparked by the urgent need to find some solution to the problem that existing law requires run-off primaries in certain instances, and yet given the September date for city primaries, there isn’t enough time for a run-off if overseas absentee voters are to participate. Thanks to Michael Drucker for the link.

10 Responses

  1. Demo Rep

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

    NO primaries are needed or wanted — since they only produce extremist party hack robot monsters.

  2. Jim Riley

    Top 2 would solve the problem.

  3. I believe New York City had IRV many years ago. Was that not how Marcantonio was elected?

    Proportional representation, of course, puts too much emphasis on parties and not enough on the individual candidates.

    Jeff Daiell

  4. Richard Winger

    #3, Congressman Marcantonio was elected to Congress many times in a normal, winner-take-all election.

    The Communist Party elected two members of the New York city council, in 1941, 1943, and 1945. Between 1937 and 1947, New York city used ranked-choice voting and also elected its city council members at large from each borough. So each borough elected many members at-large within that borough. When ranked-choice voting is used in a system in which there are many winners, in a sense that is proportional representation, although other types of proportional representation are very different.

  5. After reading the minutes of the meeting, the two options selected were the IRV option, to eliminate the run-off if no one got 40% +1 or top-two, where the voter would pick two candidates. This would still be closed party primaries.

  6. It seems silly that it takes so long to record and count overseas ballots, and the extraordinary efforts being made to accomodate this outdated system of doing it are way beyond silly.

  7. Jim Riley

    #5 New York City has not had conventional Democrat vs. Republican mayoral elections for decades. If candidates didn’t win the primary of one party, the ran as the nominee of another party or made up there own.

    There is simply no reason to hold party primaries at all. Hold an election, and if nobody gets a majority, hold a runoff.

    Let all candidates appear on the ballot with no party designation. If a political party wants to let voters that the party thinks a candidate is a swell guy, they are free to campaign for the candidate.

  8. Richard Winger

    Chicago has non-partisan elections for city office. Most people would probably agree that although Chicago city government is reasonably competent, that New York city government works better than Chicago government.

  9. Demo Rep

    2013 Israel P.R. election —
    A mere 93 percent of the voters elected some Knesset folks.

    Party Seats = Party Votes x Total Seats / Total Votes

    High tech math for 3rd grade folks.

    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.
    NO primaries needed or wanted.

  10. #7-We have tried twice and failed to get nonpartisan municipal elections in New York City. The first time, Bloomberg spent $7m and we lost 2 to 1 at the polls. The second time, the mayor stayed out and we could not get the Charter Revision Commission to get the initiative on the ballot.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>