RANKED CHOICE VOTING TRIGGER ORDINANCE PETITION

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF JERSEY CITY TO ADOPT RANKED CHOICE VOTING AS THE METHOD TO ELECT THE MAYOR AND ALL COUNCIL AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THIS ORDINANCE BY THE VOTERS TO AMEND THE CITY CHARTER BY BINDING REFERENDUM TO BE HELD UPON THE ENACTMENT OF STATE LEGISLATION PERMITTING SUCH CHARTER AMENDMENT

To the Council of the City of Jersey City, Hudson County:

We, the undersigned, registered voters of Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, hereby express our support for the Ordinance attached as Exhibit A that would provide Jersey City voters with the opportunity to adopt Ranked Choice Voting to elect their Mayor, City Council members and School Board members at the next general election after the State enacts legislation enabling the use of such voting method.

RCV is a simple upgrade to the way Jersey City voters currently vote.  It enables voters to rank candidates in the order of preference and ensures that winners of any election have the support of – and are accountable to – a majority of voters. RCV in its most common form is a majority runoff for single-winner races where votes are transferred from the lowest ranked candidate up to higher ranked candidates until one person achieves 50% plus of the votes cast. There is also another version of RCV that is used for multi-winner races like those held for at-large council members of the City Council and Jersey City’s school board known as “Single Transferable Vote.” Each candidate that receives the necessary threshold number of votes is elected and all votes in excess of that threshold of any elected candidate are then transferred to the voters next preferred candidate on a proportional basis. Subsequently, votes are transferred from the lowest ranked candidate up to higher ranked candidates until another candidate achieves the threshold number of votes. 

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Sponsored and Circulated by Voter Choice NJ, a nonprofit organization seeking to promote RCV. 

REGISTERED JERSEY CITY VOTERS:
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