On Tuesday, New Yorkers voted to implement ranked-choice voting in primary and special elections, allowing them to rank their top five candidates in order of preference.
Under a ranked-choice system, voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference.
Proponents of the system say it will eliminate the risks of “spoiler” candidates, discourage negative campaigning, and encourage more women and minority candidates to run, among other benefits.
Critics say ranked-choice voting can cause confusion for voters and complicate vote tabulation, among other concerns.
The adoption of ranked-choice voting in the biggest city in the country is a signal the system could catch on across America in coming years.
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On Tuesday, New Yorkers passed a ballot measure implementing ranked-choice voting in primary and special elections — a dramatic shift that could have big implications for future elections.
Under a ranked-choice system, voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference. If no single candidate wins a majority of the vote, the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated and the votes for that person are redistributed to the voters’ next preferred candidate. That process of elimination continues until …read more
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