You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

18 NYC Council candidates to inform NYers on ranked-choice voting

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/25/2021 Shant Shahrigian
a person standing in front of a sign: In contrast to early voting the lines are non existent at Madison Square Garden during the voting Tuesday, Nov. 3 2020 in New York. (Barry Williams) © Barry Williams In contrast to early voting the lines are non existent at Madison Square Garden during the voting Tuesday, Nov. 3 2020 in New York. (Barry Williams)

They’re revved up for rank-choice voting.

Eighteen City Council candidates were set to launch a campaign Monday informing New Yorkers of ranked-choice voting, the process in which voters list candidates for office in order of preference instead of picking just one.

The method was getting its first New York City trial as of this past weekend, when early voting began for a special City Council election in central Queens.

On Thursday, Tiffany Cabán will hold an event to educate voters at a table set up at the Ditmars Blvd. subway station. Cabán, a reformist who made waves by nearly winning the 2019 Democratic primary for Queens district attorney, is running for Council in Astoria this year.


Video: Lieu: Trump incited insurrection, support declined (Associated Press)

“The traditional system of politics is designed to keep out working-class and first-time candidates — especially people of color and queer folks,” she said in a statement. “Ranked-choice voting gives candidates with both bold ideas and the shared lived experiences of marginalized communities the space to run.”

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: On Thursday, Tiffany Cabán will hold an event to educate voters at a table set up at the Ditmars Blvd. subway station. © Provided by New York Daily News On Thursday, Tiffany Cabán will hold an event to educate voters at a table set up at the Ditmars Blvd. subway station.

On Thursday, Tiffany Cabán will hold an event to educate voters at a table set up at the Ditmars Blvd. subway station. (Danielle Hyams/)

Other candidates including Pierina Sanchez of the Bronx and Sandy Nurse of Brooklyn are doing similar events. Most of them are seeking office for the first time.

“Far too often, women of color are told we need to ‘wait our turn’ to run for office, and reforms like ranked-choice voting help push back on that narrative and open opportunities for us to run,” Sanchez stated.

The effort comes amid a legal effort by members of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus to delay ranked-choice voting until sometime after the June mayoral primaries. They say the city doesn’t have enough time or resources to inform voters of the process, though a judge rejected their request for a temporary restraining order last month.

Under ranked-choice voting, if no candidate wins a majority of first-choice votes, a process of elimination ensues. The candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is discarded, and people who voted for him or her get their second choices counted instead. The process continues until someone gets more than 50% of the ballot.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from New York Daily News

New York Daily News
New York Daily News
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon