Who is FairVote New York?

FairVote New York is a nonpartisan advocate for instant runoff voting (IRV), or ranked choice voting, in NYC. Instant runoff voting is an electoral reform that gives voters greater choice, a stronger voice, and a representative democracy that works for all citizens.


What is Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?

In an IRV election, voters can rank as many or as few candidates as they want in order of choice. All 1st choices are counted, and if no candidate has receives a majority in the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. If a voter’s 1st choice candidate is eliminated, their vote instantly goes to their next choice. The process continues until there is a candidate with a majority of the votes cast, who is declared the winner.

Read more on our national website http://www.fairvote.org

Why Instant Runoff Voting (IRV)?

  • IRV eliminates the need for costly runoffs
  • IRV increases voter turnout
  • IRV reduces negative campaigning
  • IRV allows for elections that are better representative of New Yorkers