While we wait for absentee ballots to help determine the will of New York City voters from last Tuesday’s election, there is one clear winner: ranked choice voting. According to an exit poll conducted by Edison Research for Common Cause NY and Rank the Vote NYC, 77% of NYC voters want Ranked Choice Voting to be used in future local elections, including large majorities of people across gender, age, ethnic and borough lines.
Most voters used their ability to rank candidates, with 83% of voters ranking at least two candidates in the mayoral primary. In addition, 42% of voters ranked all 5 candidates, with 43% of black voters, 40% of Hispanic voters and 45% of white voters ranking all 5 candidates.
95% of NYC voters found their RCV ballot simple to complete. This finding crossed age and ethnic lines, with 97% of voters age 18-39 and 94% of voters age 60+ finding their RCV ballots somewhat or very simple to complete. 93% of Black voters, 95% of Hispanic voters, 97% of Asian voters, and 95% of white voters found their RCV ballots somewhat or very simple to complete.
New York City voters understand ranked choice voting, are able to rank multiple candidates and want to continue using Ranked Choice Voting in future elections! To learn more about the organizations behind this effort, visit Common Cause NY and Rank the Vote NYC.