For Voters

Empowering New York City voters in 2021

Starting in 2021, New York City voters will have the option to rank their top 5 candidates in our local primary and special elections for Mayor, Comptroller, Borough President, and City Council. If voters still want to vote for just one candidate, they can.

Ranked Choice Voting means exciting changes for voters, candidates and their campaigns.


Voters choose their top candidate or rank their top 5 choices.
Which means more choice
= more voice + more power for New Yorkers and not special interests.

Don’t take our word for it, see how it works:


Ranked Choice Voting will produce majority support winners.

Most of our primary and special elections produce winners with less than 50% of the vote. This means that many of our elected officials win their primaries — which virtually guarantees election in November — without majority support in their districts from voters. That’s not really democratic representation. 

And this isn’t an abstract concern. In 2021, over 70% of our local offices will be up for grabs in wide open primaries due to term limits. Over 500 candidates are projected to compete for 42 open seats, which is an average of 12 candidates per race. We need Ranked Choice Voting so New Yorkers can make sense of crowded primaries and so our elected officials reflect the will of the people. 


Ranked Choice Voting will mean candidates have to earn their votes and pay attention to every community.

Right now, too many communities get ignored by our politicians. Candidates don’t even try in many parts of the city — and then when they’re in office, they ignore those same communities. Ranked choice voting means candidates have to pay attention to every community if they want to win. 

We need to elect politicians who are accountable to people – not the special interests and political bosses.


Ranked Choice Voting will save people time and save taxpayers money. 

Ranked Choice Voting saves people time and saves taxpayers money. New Yorkers will only have to vote once in primary elections, instead of having to come back for additional runoff elections if no candidate gets a majority of the vote. Voter’s second choices will be counted instantly instead of weeks later, saving time and taxpayer money.