Let’s be clear. The Republican defeat yesterday was real and prophetic only if Democrats make the case. And that case isn’t the status quo.
Republican losses are not yet complete. They have time to change their narrative. Will Democrats be nimble?
One can rest assured that the Republican analytical teams are analyzing the data and mapping it to narratives. They will be prepared in 2020. Democrats better have their own narrative that is not the status quo or Republican-lite. Republicans and independents will only leave the fold in the next presidential year for a real change when the case is made.
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‘Huge Win for Democracy’: Nationwide Celebrations as NYC Residents Approve Ranked-Choice Voting Ballot Measure
Voting rights advocates celebrated a “huge win for democracy” Tuesday after New Yorkers approved a ballot measure that would establish ranked-choice voting in the nation’s most populous city.
With 90% reporting as of Wednesday morning, New York City’s Ballot Question 1 won approval from 73.5% of voters.
NYC’s ranked-choice voting (RCV) measure was supported by a number of advocacy groups, politicians, and even The New York Times editorial board, which called the question the “most exciting proposal” of the five measures considered by city voters Tuesday.
In an RCV system—also known as an instant runoff voting system—voters rank candidates for each office in order of preference on their ballots. If no candidate secures a majority of first-choice votes, an elimination process is triggered and continues until one candidate has majority support.
RCV has been growing in popularity across the United States in recent years. It is used in local and party election in some places around the country and statewide in Maine.
In addition to establishing RCV in primary and special elections for all local offices beginning in 2021, the ballot measure will “increase the time between a city office vacancy and the special election to fill it from 45 days (60 for mayor) to 80 days” and “change the timeline for city council redistricting to complete it prior to city council nominating petition signature collection.”
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