New York Election Center

Ranked choice voting

Ranked choice voting is new to New York City this year, but is easy.

What is ranked choice voting:

  • Voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference, instead of casting a vote for just one.
  • A picture of a ballot example: Rnaked Choice Ballot Example

How to fill out your ballot:

  • There are five columns on your ballot, one for each choice from first to fifth.
  • All you have to do is fill in the bubble in each column for the candidate you prefer. And if you don’t want to, you don’t have to rank five candidates for your vote to count.
  • Fill out your first-choice candidate in the first column. Your second-choice candidate in the second column. And so on, for however many candidates you want to rank – up to five.

How votes are counted:

  • If a candidate gets a majority of votes (over 50%) they are declared the winner.
  • If no candidate gets a majority of the vote:
    • The last place candidate is eliminated, and their votes are parceled out to the voter’s second choice.
    • A new tally is conducted to determine whether any candidate has won a majority of the adjusted votes.
    • The process is repeated until a candidate wins an outright majority and is declared the winner.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit

How to vote early

  1. Early voting runs from October 24 to November 1.
  2. Click here to locate the closest early voting poll site near you.
  3. Show up during their available hours and vote!


You can also request an absentee ballot if you want to vote by mail. Click here to request a ballot. You must request a ballot by October 27.


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