Ranked Choice Voting
Ranked Choice Voting is Here!
As of 2021, NYC is using Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in primary and special elections for NYC offices. Ranked Choice Voting is a new system of voting in which you can rank up to five candidates in order of preference. With so much at stake in local elections and the implementation of a new system of voting, public education is even more important than ever this year, which is why DemocracyNYC (DNYC) is working on educating New Yorkers through multilingual workshops, Get Out the Vote programming, community engagement, phonebanking, tech tools, and print and digital media campaigns.
In collaboration with RankedVote, DemocracyNYC has launched a multilingual, interactive online app that mimics the NYC ballot and helps New Yorkers better understand how Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) works before heading to the polls.
- The interactive ballot is translated into the top 15 languages spoken by the Low English Proficiency voter eligible population. The top 15 languages are: Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Russian, Bengali, Korean, Polish, French, Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Yiddish, Italian, Albanian, Greek, and Hindi.
- Our team is working directly with community-based organizations to create and distribute customizable ballots in each of these languages. Check out some examples and vote on your favorites below:
- DNYC is also using tools like Mobilize and Hustle to phone bank and text New Yorkers about getting out the vote.
DNYC and our partners at the Civic Engagement Commission are hosting several multilingual voter education workshops that highlight the importance of participating in municipal elections and explains how RCV works. See below for links to workshops DemocracyNYC has already hosted and stay tuned for upcoming workshops.
Funding for Outreach
- DNYC is collaborating with the Young Men's Initiative (YMI) on a grant program that will provide funding to MWBEs to do RCV outreach and advertising in their communities.
- Additionally, the DNYC team is doing targeted outreach to the Community-Based Organizations that received funding from NYC 2020 Census Campaign.
- DemocracyNYC (DNYC) and Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) are collaborating with BRIC on a "BHeard Civic Engagement and NYC Politics" series, which will feature:
- A series of three short media packages (PSAs), highlighting what's at stake with the June Primary and featuring the voices of everyday New Yorkers.
- BRIC will collaborate with DNYC to host and premiere a Ranked Choice Voting-themed "fireside chat" in June 2021, in advance of upcoming primaries. The discussion will be aired and distributed via BRIC's broadcast channels (1 million households in NYC), through BRIC's partnerships with our fellow Public Access Centers (MNN, QPTV, BronxNet), and BRIC TV's YouTube platform.
- DNYC is collaborating with the Mayor's Office on Immigrant Affairs on projects in which we will commission artists to create meaningful content about the importance of voting in immigrant communities. These graphics will celebrate immigrant voices and voting in NYC local elections and will be used for social media posts and ad placements, including ads at bus shelters.
- DemocracyNYC (DNYC) is creating RCV materials that can be used by our partners for digital and in-person outreach.
- DNYC created a voter resource document which is being translated into 14 different languages (Spanish, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Russian, Bengali, Korean, Polish, French, Urdu, Arabic, Haitian Creole, Yiddish, Italian, Albanian, Greek, and Hindi).
- DNYC co-branded an RCV multilingual palm card with the Civic Engagement Commission, which we will be distributing digitally and in print.
- DNYC worked with the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) to translate their RCV webpage. Translations are now live in Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Bangla, Arabic, Russian, Urdu, Polish, Haitian Creole, French, Albanian, Greek, Italian, and Yiddish.
- DNYC created and circulated a multilingual RCV social media toolkit.
Resources from our Partners
For additional resources, check out our voter resource guide.