Ranked Choice Voting: Why It Matters + How It Works for NYC’s Historic 2021 Election

NYC’s historic 2021 election is fast approaching. With the introduction of ranked choice voting, nearly every city office in play, and hundreds of candidates on the ballot, the June primary has the potential to profoundly transform our city government.

To read FAQs about ranked choice voting, click here. For a downloadable PDF explaining ranked choice voting, click here.

Important Dates for the 2021 Primary Election
Last day to register to vote: May 28
Last day to change your address if already registered: June 2
Last day to request an absentee ballot: June 15
Early voting period: Sat, June 12—Sun, June 20
Election Day: Tue, June 22, 6 am–9 pm

May 10: Why It Matters

Join JCC Social Justice Activist in Residence Ruth Messinger, President and CEO of Queens Public Library Dennis Walcott, Political Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice Rachel McCullough, Co-Executive Director of Make the Road New York Theo Oshiro, and Public Affairs and Political Science Professor at Columbia University Ester Fuchs for a virtual conversation on why this election matters and why ranked choice voting is important, how it addresses inequitable voting across the city, and what it means for democracy at the local level.

Mon, May 10, 7:30–9 pm, Free | To register, click here.

May 23, 26, or 27: How It Works

This is the first time that ranked choice voting will be used in a citywide primary, and we want to help you be prepared to cast your ballot by showing you how it works. Join us for a virtual session led by Rank the Vote NYC, where we will walk participants through the mechanics of the ballot, how to fill it out, and what happens as their votes are calculated. All sessions are the same—please choose the time that is most convenient for you.

Sun, May 23, 12:30–1:15 pm, Free | To register, click here.

Wed, May 26, 12:30–1:15 pm, Free | To register, click here.

Thu, May 27, 7:30–8:15 pm, Free | To register, click here.

This series is co-produced by

B’nai Jeshurun, Fourth Universalist Society, JCC Harlem, Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, and SAJ - Judaism That Stands For All.

Thank you to our co-sponsors: Avodah, Base MNHTN, Based in Harlem, Brotherhood Synagogue, Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, The City Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Educational Alliance, Footsteps, Hebrew Tabernacle of Washington Heights, Interfaith Center of New York, Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, Jewish Theological Seminary, Kehillat Harlem, Kolot Chayeinu, Manny Cantor Center, Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee, New York Jewish Agenda, Repair the World Brooklyn, Repair the World Harlem, Romemu, Sha'ar, St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, and West End Collegiate Church.

Closed captioning is available on Zoom to increase the accessibility of this program.

The views and opinions expressed by the speakers do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the JCC or other program hosts.