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May 18, 2021   |   By The New York Community Trust
Smart Philanthropy: Getting ready for ranked-choice voting

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 This 2021, city elections are unprecedented with the debut of ranked-choice voting, where voters can pick up to five candidates for each office. To explain the benefits of this new system, Pat Swann, The Trust’s senior program officer for civic affairs, community development, and technical assistance, spoke with Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York. What follows are several excerpts of their recent conversation.

Lerner explains the basics of the city’s new system of ranked-choice voting.

 

Lerner discusses a few of the challenges of introducing a new election system in our unique city.

 

Swann and Lerner talk about how voters and candidates are adjusting to ranked-choice voting.

As the city adopts ranked-choice voting, Lerner is seeing candidates use less-divisive strategies.

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