Ranked Choice Voting

New York City

Posted on Voting Reforms on July 14, 2021

RepresentWomen's research on electoral reforms shows that ranked choice voting helps to elect more women to office and is an innovative and effective tool to build a 21st-century democracy that better reflects all voters. Between 2010 and 2019, 19 jurisdictions used ranked choice voting to elect municipal officials. Overall, women won 48% of the seats up for election in these cities, about 20 points above the norm. In June 2021, New York City held ranked choice primaries for the first time since the late-1940s to nominate candidates for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, the five boro presidents, and the city council. 

2021 NYC Council Primary Results

According to our last count, women lead in 31 (2 Republican; 29 Democratic) city council primaries; 29 are likely to win the general election this November - 26 are women of color. Should these leads hold, the NYC council is likely to be majority-led by women of color in the next year, reinforcing RepresentWomen's previous finding that women fare better in ranked choice elections




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Ranked Choice Voting

Posted on Women Win on March 02, 2021

Ranked choice voting is currently used in 21 jurisdictions (and counting) in the United States and many other countries around the world. Our 2016 and 2020 reports found that in municipalities using ranked choice voting women and people of color had better electoral outcomes.

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Our partners in this reform include: FairVote; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Rep. Don Beyer (Va.); Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.)

Want a democracy that looks like America? Switch to ranked elections!

Posted on News Coverage by on August 10, 2020

In the previous nine years, there have been 156 local ranked choice elections among three or more candidates — and women have won 48 percent of them. Of those winners, 38 percent were women of color. At the start of this year, women were half of all mayors and 49 percent of all city council members elected by RCV. As more cities, and now states, begin adopting and implementing ranked-choice voting, it will be worth noting if these positive outcomes continue to grow.

New Research Shows Ranked Choice Voting Helps Women Win

Posted on News Coverage on August 05, 2020

Nearly 100 years after a large number of American women won the right to vote, progress for women in politics in the United States remains slow. Women have made important gains, but remain dramatically underrepresented in proportion to our share of the population — especially women of color and Republican women. Men disproportionately dominate Congress, state legislatures, city councils, and other elective offices.