Ranking Choice Voting & Early Voting
A New way to Vote - Ranking Choice Voting & Early Voting
By Olayemi Odesanya
Posted June 14, 2021
There are currently fifty-eight seats running for candidacy of the upcoming 2021 Municipal Primary election. These positions include City Council, Borough Presidents, Public Advocate, City Comptroller and Mayoral. The general election will be held on November 2nd and the primary election on June 22nd. Earlier this year (in February and March), special elections were held for certain City Council Districts Members.
Starting on June 12th, New Yorkers can start casting their vote for the 2021 Municipal Primary Election. The early voting session is from June 12 -20th. After the 20th, voters can vote on the Election Day which is June 22nd. While many people vote on the actual election day others may decide to vote during the advance polling session. Voting during the advance polling session has its perks and here is a short list to why you should consider voting early:
It gives voters the opportunity to plan a more flexibility and convenience time to vote. The election day for the 2021 Municipal Primary Election is on Tuesday June 22nd. Depending on the schedule, one may not have time to vote on the weekday. Voting during the pre-poll session give voters the opportunity to vote throughout a full week.
Less waiting time at the polls during early voting sessions. Because the election day is the last day to count your vote in, more people come out in great numbers to their voting site. If you decide to vote during the early voting session, the wait time would be less since voting early isn’t as practice.
Reduce the spread of COVID-19. Since voting early isn’t as practice to the general public, the voting polls won’t be as crowded as it would be during the election day.
Reduce stress from poll workers. Voting during the early voting session helps poll workers to maneuver through the election, increase the work performance and reduce the chances of mistakes.
Voters have the opportunity to register to vote and vote the same day. When voting during the early voting sessions, voters have the chance to cast their vote after registering at the poll site
Increases the chances of a fair election. By going to a poll site during the earlier stages, voters have the opportunity to have a back up plan. For instance, if a voter forgot their identification and won’t be able to vote that day, they can always go back. Another case could be if the voting poll site has faulty machines, they could be reported and fixed before the next election day.
Voters also have the option to use ranked choice voting during the upcoming primary and special elections. This will be first New York City election using this voting method. Voters can vote up to five candidates and rank them based on their order of preference.
Who can we vote for using Ranked Choice Voting?
Candidates who are running the offices below are who can be elected using ranked choice voting.
A City Council Member serves one of the 51 districts throughout the five boroughs. As a member of The New York City Council, their role is to enact the city’s law and administration policies.
An elected official who represents one of five boroughs in New York City is the role of the Borough President. A borough president brings awareness of certain social issues the borough may be experiencing to the city’s mayor, or governor.
A Public Advocate is a representative who steps in whenever the mayor is unable to perform their duties. Their office assists with city complaints involving government-related services and regulations.
A City Comptroller has the role of the chief financial officer and auditor of city agencies. As an auditor, they oversee city agencies and their financial report as well as managing their city’s public pension funds.
Mayor is the highest-ranked elected official in municipal government of a city. This position oversees all city’s government officials and is the face of the city.
With ranked choice voting, voters have the opportunity to have a cast a vote to several candidates even if their first choice doesn’t win. However, if a voter is only interested in one candidate or three, they can just list the number of candidates they want to vote for.
What are some other important tips to know about ranked choice voting?
Inability to rank the same candidate. Voters cannot vote candidate B for choice 1, 2 and 3, it will not increase their chances of winning.
Inability to give the same rank to different candidates. Voters cannot vote candidate A, B and C for choice 1.
Voters can submit ballots by paper or auto mark ballot. By filling out a paper ballot, voters will submit their votes by fill in an oval near the candidate name based on the ranking. When submitting a vote by an auto mark, the ranking would be shown based on the screen.
Even if you are unable to vote early, you still have the opportunity to use ranked choice voting! So it’s very important to cast your vote during the next couple of weeks! Voters can vote either by mail, during the early voting sessions or on election day.
For more information go to https://www.voting.nyc
How to Prepare for the Upcoming Primary Election
By Olayemi Odesanya
Posted June 2, 2021
While national government elects have prominent roles in our lives, local government officials have a larger impact. The local government determines the city’s policies and legislations. They are in charge of the city’s healthcare plans, crime resolutions, social issues, economy and etc. It is important to elect an official who values and has solutions to your concerns. Which is why voters should start preparing for the upcoming municipal election starting next week Saturday June 12th. If you don’t know where to start, here are few useful tips before the big day!
Important Dates to remember. The early voting session starts next Saturday June 12 - Sunday June 20. The primary election day is Tuesday June 22nd. The purpose of the primary election is for voters to select their party’s nominees for the general election. Candidates who win the primaries move on to general election. Elected candidates during the general election become city officials.The general election is Tuesday November 2nd. Keep these dates in your calendar to help you plan accordingly.
Know your voting status. Whether you have relocated or you are a first time voter, it is important to know if you are registered and where your polling site is. You can find this out by going to the vote.gov, calling your local Board of Elections office or visiting your local government office.
Decide how you are going to vote. Voters have the option to vote by mail, during the early voting sessions, or on election day. If a NYC voter decides to vote via mail, they are able to request an absent ballot before June 22. Due to Covid-19, all New Yorkers are able to cast their vote via mail. If a NYC voter decides to vote during the early voting session, they can cast their vote during June 12- June 22. And of course, voters can vote on election day June 22. It is important to decide how you will vote to avoid missing important dates.
What to bring to the polls. New York voters are required to show identification to cast their vote. To be aware if the polls will accept your ID, contact your local Board of Elections or go to vote.gov.
Be aware of any election updates. Voters also have the option to use ranked choice voting during the upcoming primary and special elections. This will be first New York City election using this voting method. Voters can vote up to five candidates and rank them based on their order of preference.
Research the candidates. Voters should have knowledge of who is running for what position in the upcoming election. Take the time to learn the law and the importance of each political official. There are currently fifty-eight seats running for candidacy of the upcoming election These positions include City Council, Borough Presidents, Public Advocate, City Comptroller and Mayoral.
Become more involved in politics. There are numerous ways for voters to become more involved if they are interested in advocating for their ideal political candidate. Voters can join the political campaign by volunteering, canvassing, phone banking, donating funds to the campaign, handing out flyers and other forms of propaganda.
Know your voting rights. Any US citizen who is at least 18 years old is eligible to vote. While the deadline has passed to vote for this month primaries, you can still register for the next upcoming election in November. If you have a New York State ID you can register online or with your local Board of Elections office. If you don’t, you can still complete a voter registration form and send it the Board of Election. Citizens who are 16 can also pre-register to vote!
Know your rights part 2! By law, New York City is required to have ballots translated in several languages and have interpreters are available at some poll sites.
Because people are not as interested in municipal elections, the public interest in voting is much lower. This also means there isn’t as much awareness or public broadcasting. Hence why, voting is important. Your personal vote could have bigger impact in the election results than expected. Start preparing for the upcoming municipal election, the early voting starts next week Saturday. For more important, go to https://www.vote.nyc/.