Queens, NY – Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows) and Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) announced today that they are partnering with Common Cause to host a Ranked Choice Voting Seminar on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5:30PM. Ranked Choice Voting will begin in New York City in 2021 with the Special Election for the 24th Council District on February 2nd. Rozic and Rosenthal will be joined by Common Cause Director Susan Lerner to provide voters with a breakdown of how ranked choice voting works and what to expect on Election Day. Those interested can RSVP by emailing RozicN@nyassembly.gov.
Assemblywoman Nily Rozic said, “New York is making strides in implementing voting reforms, but with that comes the need to educate and inform voters. With the February special election around the corner, teaming up with Common Cause and Assemblyman Rosenthal will provide voters with the knowledge needed for a successful first run of ranked choice voting in NYC.”
Assemblymember Daniel Rosenthal said, “In the wake of our recent election, it is evident that New Yorkers deserve more from our voting system. As we stand poised to implement the state's first ranked-choice voting program, it is vitally important to ensure that our communities are informed and well positioned to exercise their rights. I am proud to partner with Assemblywoman Rozic and Common Cause NY to help increase turnout and make RCV a successful endeavor.”
Susan Lerner, Executive Director of Common Cause/NY said, “New Yorkers deserve elections that lift up our voices, and push candidates to campaign better. Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is the simple solution that puts power back in the hands of the people where it belongs. That’s why Common Cause/NY is proud to partner with Assemblymembers Nily Rozic and Daniel Rosenthal to educate Queens voters about how RCV will transform our elections for the benefit of voters.”
Ranked choice voting was overwhelmingly approved by voters last year as an amendment to the City Charter. New York City will be the first municipality in the state to use this voting method for City Council, Borough President, and citywide races.
Under RCV, voters will have the option to rank up to 5 candidates in their order of preference. This new system is intended to eliminate costly runoffs and encourage candidates to broaden community outreach throughout their campaigns.