NYC is now using ranked choice voting in primary and special elections for all local offices! Mark your ballot by order of preference. Step 1: In the first column, fill in the oval next to your first-choice candidate. Step 2: in the 2nd column completely fill in the oval for your 2nd choice candidate. Step 3: Fill out your 3rd, 4th, and 5th choice. Do not rank a candidate more than once. Ranking more than one candidate will not harm your first choice.