Today, on the eve of New York City’s first citywide election with ranked-choice voting, U.S. Representatives Harlem’s Adriano Espaillat, Hakeem Jeffries, Jerry Nadler, Nydia Velázquez, Carolyn B. Maloney, Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke, Grace Meng, Thomas Suozzi, Ritchie Torres, and Jamaal Bowman released the following joint statement:
“Early voting begins this weekend. For the first time in New York City’s history, voters will be asked to rank up to five candidates in every municipal election, including the contest for Mayor.
“Under the ranked-choice voting system, voters can exercise additional influence on the final outcome by ranking multiple candidates, ensuring that their vote is still impactful even if their first-choice candidate is not ultimately successful.”
“There is reason to believe that some voters may choose to rank only one candidate, in part based on confusion connected to the new voting system. We urge the Board of Elections and other municipal authorities to intensify its ranked-choice voting public education campaign, particularly in traditionally underserved communities.”
“While voters are free to rank only one candidate, they risk losing the chance to fully participate in the election and have their second or third choice counted in subsequent rounds if higher-ranked candidates are eliminated. We urge the people of New York City to fully participate in the election process, rank multiple candidates and make sure that your voice is heard.”
Voters should visit NYC.GOV/DEMOCRACY or call 1-866-VOTE-NYC to learn more about ranked-choice voting or find an early voting location.
Representative Espaillat is the first Dominican American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and his congressional district includes Harlem, East Harlem, West Harlem, Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights, Inwood, Marble Hill and the north-west Bronx.
First elected to Congress in 2016, Representative Espaillat is serving his third term in Congress. Representative Espaillat currently serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Committee on Appropriations responsible for funding the federal government’s vital activities.
He is also a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), where he serves as the Second Vice Chair and is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, where he serves as Deputy Whip. Representative Espaillat also currently serves as a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus.
To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/