Assembly Ranked-Choice Voting Hearing To Feature Roster Of Invitation-Only Witnesses


New York’s hottest membership is the invitation-only State Meeting listening to on ranked-choice voting in downtown Brooklyn Monday morning. It can have all the things: pissed off lawmakers, an unreleased roster of witnesses, a pre-hearing protest press convention, and perhaps even some voters.

The occasion is being hosted by the chamber’s Election Legislation Chair, Assemblymember Latrice Walker, and was scheduled shortly after the primary set of ranked-choice voting major outcomes the New York Metropolis Board of Elections launched included greater than 100,000 inaccurate take a look at ballots, which pressured the company to retract and replace the data a day later. 

Whereas the first election as soon as once more raised questions in regards to the conduct of the town BOE, the primary listening to to unpack what occurred will concentrate on the voter-approved ranked-choice voting system and have an unknown record of witnesses picked by the Meeting based mostly on a but to be disclosed standards. Walker’s workplace didn’t reply to a number of requests from Gothamist / WNYC for a listing of witnesses.

Walker has signaled skepticism about how the town applied ranked-choice voting, telling Gothamist WNYC final month that the BOE was not prepared for the brand new system, which allowed voters to choose as much as 5 candidates so as of choice. Specifically, she was vital of their use of recent tabulation software program, which was not authorised till weeks earlier than the election. 

The BOE additionally refused affords of help from the corporate that developed the software program simply weeks earlier than the election. 

Supporters of ranked-choice voting plan to rally exterior forward of the listening to, which was moved from its initially scheduled location at 250 Broadway in Manhattan to the NAB Theater at Metropolis Tech in downtown Brooklyn. Amongst these anticipated to attend are Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas; Metropolis Council Member Antonio Reynoso, the brand new Democratic nominee for Brooklyn Borough president; and different Metropolis Council candidates and community-based organizations that assist the brand new system.

Organizers level to exit polling performed by Edison Analysis on behalf of Widespread Trigger NY, a proponent of ranked-choice voting, which discovered that 95% of voters mentioned RCV ballots had been easy to finish and 83% of voters ranked not less than two candidates on their ballots within the mayoral major. In addition they level to the anticipated majority of ladies and other people of shade within the incoming Metropolis Council. 

The listening to Monday won’t be the one alternative for lawmakers to listen to from the general public about how the June primaries had been performed. State Senator Zellnor Myrie has scheduled one other collection of hearings targeted on how the Boards of Elections throughout the state function. The primary will likely be held at Medgar Evers Faculty in Brooklyn on Wednesday, July twenty eighth.