Queens City Council candidates rip lawmakers’ attempt to repeal ranked choice voting


A group of city council candidates gathered at LeFrak City recently to denounce a bill that would repeal ranked choice voting.

City Councilman I. Daneek Miller introduced the legislation, known as Intro 2326, on May 27, which was co-sponsored by fellow southeast Queens representative City Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, that would repeal sections of the New York City Charter establishing ranked choice voting (RCV), and would only go into effect if a majority of qualified electors voted in favor of its repeal during the November general election.

The new measure would not impact the June 22 primary.

“We introduced legislation as a security measure against the disappointing implementation of ranked choice voting,” Miller said. “Despite assurances that the Campaign Finance Board and the Board of Elections would conduct robust outreach and be ready for June, the opposite has been true. Outreach is still inherently flawed, with only $2 million being allocated to education until a month ago. The software for counting ranked choice ballots, approved just this week, has never been utilized at this magnitude and the state has expressed ongoing security concerns.”