How “Ranked Choice Voting” can improve NYC’s elections.
Some “Local Progress” to share with you
NYC’s current voting laws mean that most of the time, candidates win primary & special elections without majority support. They require high-cost, low-turnout runoff elections for citywide offices. They encourage negative campaigning. And they disenfranchise military & overseas voters (since the Board of Elections can’t get them ballots in time for runoff elections).
There is a simple fix to all these problems: Ranked Choice Voting
As we wind down the year, I’m glad for the chance to reflect on some of the work we’ve done together, in NYC and beyond.
Celebrate some. Mourn some. Keep organizing.
Some years, it’s a little harder to see the things we’re grateful for. Thanksgiving came fast after Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and even faster after the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Those years, it was harder work to dig down into gratitude. No less important, but harder.
This year, for me at least, it’s a little easier.
My recommendations for Election Day
Two years ago, about this time, I wrote you an e-mail quoting labor organizer Joe Hill, bravely facing execution on trumped-up charges a century ago: “Don’t (just) mourn. Organize.”
Wow, did you organize. A week later, we gathered thousands-strong at Congregation Beth Elohim, where #GetOrganizedBK (and its incredible set of working groups) was born. What we’ve done together over the past two years is extraordinary -- we held down our part of a national movement to build power and solidarity, to fight back against bigotry & corruption & white nationalism, and to insist that the values of equality & inclusion & compassion & justice are the only ways forward for our country.
We’ve canvassed together, knocked on hundreds of thousands of doors, made phone calls, sent texts, recruited friends and families, and, ok, even chewed our fingernails bloody in our efforts to take back the House, win the New York State Senate, defeat some real villains, elect some real heroes … and get our democracy on a far better track.
Here are my recommendations for tomorrow, for state & federal races in Brooklyn, judges, the NYC ballot propositions, and even where to watch results together tomorrow night: