November 06, 2019

AOC, Andrew Yang get wish as NYC voters adopt ranked-choice voting system

Dana Mathewson

I have to admit that if these people are for it, I'm automatically against it, even before reading the article. So is the Heritage Foundation, as you'll see.

I'm against it because anything that tampers with the normal methods of voting usually works only in favor of the left. But let's see what it's all about.

New York City voters on Tuesday decided to amend the city’s constitution, restructuring primary and special elections to operate under a new ranked-choice voting system, which allows voters to rank their top five candidates on the ballot according to preference.

The plan had backing from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.,and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a businessman and New York City resident.

The new ballot structure will eliminate New York’s traditional runoff elections, which take place for citywide offices if no candidate garners at least 40 percent of the vote, Politico reported. New York City will adopt the new ranked-choice system in primary and special elections for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president, and city council beginning in January 2021.

Advocates such as Yang argued the system would free voters to cast ballots for third parties and pick the candidates they truly prefer rather than strategically go for the Republican for Democrat.

Yeah, that's what he says. Do you really think it will work that way?

"Just voted here in New York - Ranked Choice Voting is on the ballot!” Yang wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. "Ranked choice voting would let us express our true preferences and make our politics more dynamic and responsive. We should make it the norm throughout the country.”

Yang, who’s made ranked-choice voting a campaign issue, also says the system forces candidates to appeal to a wider range of voters rather than leaning on a narrow base.

Ocasio-Cortez, while encouraging New Yorkers to get out to the polls, said on Twitter "This year we have 5 ballot proposals, including one on RANKED CHOICE VOTING which is pretty cool.”

She sounds like New York City's version of a Valley Girl.
Ranked-choice voting has sometimes resulted in unorthodox campaign tactics -- including groups of candidates forming alliances against competitors to win the second- or third-place votes, Politico reported. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, voted against a bill last month that would have permitted more cities and counties to use the system, saying it spurred too much voter confusion.
Newsom doesn't like it? Now I'm conflicted. Not really, though.

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