You should know that this year on the ballot, there is question for voters to decide if they want to completely undermine and overhaul New York City’s voting system.
It is important for you to know that if this measure, Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot #1 is passed, voters will no longer be able to cast their votes directly for the candidates of their choice in New York City’s primaries or regular elections.
This will be the end of our One Person-One Vote democracy.
You should know that instead of voting for your candidate to win, voters will rank as many as five candidates in the order of their preference.
Here is what the NYC Campaign Finance Board says will happen if none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the total vote:
“If there is no majority winner, the last place candidate would be eliminated and any voter who had that candidate as their top choice would have their vote transferred to their next choice. This process would repeat until only two candidates remain, and the candidate with the most votes then would be the winner.”
My dear reader, this measure is too complicated to put into place without any real discussion by the voters or the general public. It amounts to an electoral 3-Card Monte game, and who wants to play that with our elections?
Please inform all your family, relatives, and friends that Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot #1 is very bad for our participatory democracy.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you do nothing else during these next few days, I urge you to go to the polls, which are open until Election Day, November 3, and vote NO on Ballot Proposal #1.
I am the Rev. Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.