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Ranked Choice Voting

Ranked Choice Voting FAQs
What offices are elected with ranked choice voting?

Starting in June, all New York City voters will use Ranked Choice Voting to elect the following offices during primary and special elections:

  • Mayor
  • Comptroller
  • Public Advocate
  • Borough Presidents
  • City Council Member
Does it hurt my first choice?

RCV gives voters more choice and more voice in selecting our leaders. RCV is in place in local elections in many cities across the country and in all elections in Maine and Alaska! In crowded races, RCV means that the winning candidate must secure broad support from a majority of voters.

How is a winner determined?

To start, all first choice votes are counted. If a candidate gets 50% of first choice votes, they win. Otherwise, ballots are counted in rounds. 

In each round the candidate with the lowest vote total is eliminated. Ballots for that candidate are reallocated based on the voter’s next choice. Rounds continue until a winner secures the majority of the vote. 



June 12-20
Early Voting
June 22
Election Day
May 28
Last day to register to vote
June 15
Last day to postmark or email application for absentee ballot
June 21
Last day to apply in person for absentee ballot
June 22
Last day to deliver absentee ballot in person
June 22
Last day to postmark absentee election ballot

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