CommonCause/NY Joins Debate Watch Parties to demo Ranked Choice Voting

In November NYC will vote on Ranked Choice Voting for citywide elections.

NEW YORK, NY (09/12/2019) (readMedia)-- As 10 democratic candidates debate tomorrow to be America's top choice for President, voters across the city will rank their top 5 at debate watch parties using Ranked Choice Voting. Ranked Choice Voting will be question 1 on the November ballot.

With Ranked Choice Voting, voters rank their top five candidates in order of preference, or vote for just one candidate like they always have. If all the first-choices are counted and no candidate collects a majority of the vote, that candidate wins. If there's no majority, then the last-place candidate is eliminated and their votes re-allocated according to voter preferences. The process is repeated until there's a majority winner.

Here's a helpful video explainer on how Ranked Choice Voting works.

Ranked Choice Voting would apply to all city offices for primary and special elections. Technically, it would not include the presidential primary because that is part of the federal system. This ballot is just a demo to allow voters to imagine how Ranked Choice Voting works.

Here is the ballot and instructions for voters to run their own simulations.

Who: CommonCause/NY with:

  • Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group and Three Parks Independent Democrats
  • Lew Fidler's Club
  • Powhatan Democratic Club
  • Amplify Her

What: Debate Watch Party and Ranked Choice Voting Simulation

When: September 12th, 8 PM


Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group and Three Parks Independent Democrats

Serafina Cafe

2737 Broadway, New York

Lew Fidlers' Political Club

Lew Fidler's Club

29-52 Avenue R, Brooklyn

Powhatan Club Debate Watch Party

Powhatan Democratic Club

41-05 Newtown Rd, Astoria

Amplify Her Watch Party


31-19 Newtown Ave, Astoria