NEW YORK, NY (01/13/2021) (readMedia)-- Rank the Vote NYC, Common Cause/NY, the Queens Daily Eagle, Disability Rights NY and the Northeast Queens Chapter of the NAACP will host a virtual forum on ranked choice voting (RCV) and the race for City Council in District 24 on January 13. The event will be moderated by David Brand, managing editor at the Queens Daily Eagle, and Aditi Lamba, producer and anchor at ITV Gold. Six candidates will participate, including Moumita Ahmed, Deepti Sharma, Dilip Nath, Soma Syed, James Gennaro and Neeta Jain. Early voting in Council District 24 begins Saturday, January 23 and will be the first election in New York City to use ranked choice voting.
RCV allows voters the opportunity to either rank five candidates in order of preference or vote for just one like they always have. If no one wins with a majority (more than 50 percent), the candidate that came in last is eliminated and voters' second choice votes get counted and so on until there's a majority winner. RCV will apply to primaries and special elections for all local offices including City Council, Borough President, Comptroller, Public Advocate and Mayor. Voters overwhelmingly passed RCV in the fall of 2019, with 74 percent of the vote.
Common Cause/NY will continue to hold voter education training sessions on RCV in Council District 24, building on the session held last month with Rank the Vote NYC, featuring Assembly Members Nily Rozic and Daniel Rosenthal. Rank the Vote NYC will also hold RCV voter education training sessions in Queens.
David Brand, Managing Editor at the Queens Daily Eagle - Co-Moderator
Aditi Lamba, Producer and Anchor at ITV Gold - Co-Moderator
Moumita Ahmed, candidate for City Council
Deepti Sharma, candidate for City Council
Dilip Nath, candidate for City Council
Soma Syed, candidate for City Council
James Gennaro, candidate for City Council
Neeta Jain, candidate for City Council
Forum on ranked choice voting and the race for City Council District 24.
|WHEN:||Wednesday January 13, 2021 at 05:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)|
|WHERE:||ZOOM, see notes
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_T4fPazSrQ9Gw_FY3tFAxMw