Oct. 10, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Can ranked-choice voting revive our democracy?

Organizer: New America

Ranked-choice voting is one of the most promising innovations in American political reform. It's already been implemented in several major cities and, recently, statewide in Maine. This November, voters in New York City will have the opportunity to adopt RCV for future elections, ensuring that those elected have majority support. Also known as instant-runoff voting, RCV is an alternative to America's prevailing first-past-the-post system, in which a plurality of votes is enough to win. RCV is sometimes presented as a miracle cure: one change that could increase moderation, eliminate the spoiler problem, improve civility in campaigning, make politics more competitive, and improve female representation. Can RCV really fix our politics? Will it catch on beyond Maine and municipal elections? Are there other electoral innovations besides RCV that hold promise or could work together with RCV?

Location: New America, 740 15th St NW #900 Washington, DC 20005

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