Did ranked choice voting work for New York City?
Yes it did.
According to an Edison research poll:
of voters want to use ranked choice voting again
ranked more than one candidate
said the ballot was simple to use
The New York City mayoral election's problems had nothing to do with ranked choice voting:
- Election results have been delayed because of the large number of absentee ballots, which can be received up to a week after election day in New York City. New York also allows several weeks for postmarked ballots to arrive. There would be a delay with or without ranked choice voting.
- The ballot-counting errors in the election arose because officials mistakenly included test ballots in their initial tally. Their miscount had nothing to do with ranked choice voting.
- Ranked choice voting has been working successfully across the country for years, not to mention the support it has gained internationally. Roughly 50 cities, two states, and a number of political parties in the United States have adopted or approved ranked choice voting. While the New York City mayoral race was the most visible instance of RCV in recent memory, it wasn't the first. Australia has successfully used RCV for more than 100 years.
Ranked choice voting gives voters more options and incentivizes candidates to appeal to a broader electorate.