Independent Politics of New York

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New York City to allow Ranked Choice Voting in local elections

In a referendum on November 5, 2019, over 75% of New York City voters agreed to amend the City Charter
to allow Ranked Choice Voting for up to 5 candidates in future primary and special elections for local offices.

This will eliminate "wasted" votes by allowing people to choose their favorite candidate even if that candidate is unlikely to win.
In cases where no candidate gets a majority of "first choice" votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and anyone
who voted for that candidate has his or her "second choice" vote added to the remaining candidates' totals.
The process is repeated, if necessary, until one candidate has a majority.

This also eliminates the need for run-off primaries, which were previously held if no candidate for
Mayor, Comptroller, or Public Advocate got 40% of the vote in the first round.
Turn out for those run-offs was often much lower than for the original primary.


Independents have until February 13, 2020 to change enrollment for the Presidential primary

If you are an independent registered voter, not enrolled in any party, you have until February 13, 2020
to switch your enrollment to the Democratic or Republican parties if you want to vote in the Presidential primary on April 28.
This also applies if you want to switch from one party to another.
It's not yet clear if any minor parties will hold Presidential primaries.
If you switch you will also be eligible to vote in that same party's state and local primary on June 23.


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