Council Member Partners with Community Members to Host Ranked-Choice Vote on Jersey City Restaurants
This event, Jersey City Rank the Restaurants, is a contest to vote for favorite Jersey City restaurants using a ranked-choice ballot to demonstrate how to use ranked-choice voting (RCV). All participating restaurant owners will present their business to attendees to earn votes. The hybrid event will enable in-person participants to vote on paper ballots and view the process of manually counting ranked-choice ballot results; virtual participants will use an online system to vote for their preferred candidates, and results of the online vote will be calculated automatically.
The event is co-hosted by Voter Choice New Jersey, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization focused on RCV education and advocacy, and the office of Ward E Councilperson James Solomon. Six Jersey City restaurants are participating in the Rank the Restaurants event: Green Pear Heights, Krewe McGinley Square, Pasta dal Cuore, Edward’s Steakhouse, Harry’s Daughter, and The Factory.
Mayor Steven M. Fulop shared a statement in support of RCV: “From our recent Participatory Budget Pilot Program to providing free rides to and from the polls on Election Day in Jersey City, we strongly support all residents exercising their rights to have their voices heard, and Ranked Choice Voting is proven to be a more representative way for people to vote. This will ultimately lead to a stronger, more vibrant democracy.”
Councilman James Solomon shared a statement in support of RCV and the event: "I’m a strong supporter of more open and competitive elections for New Jersey, and Ranked-Choice Voting has leveled the playing field in elections across the country. Thank you to Voter Choice NJ, the activists and small businesses who have worked to make this event happen!"
Thursday, December 8th at 6:00pm
City Hall: 280 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Ranked-choice voting (RCV) is a simple election reform that has been steadily gaining popularity across the country, and there is an active campaign to bring this improved voting system to New Jersey. Community activists in Jersey City are working to pass a trigger ordinance which would put a question on the ballot for voters to approve the use of RCV for future municipal elections. RCV, also known as instant runoff voting, would replace Jersey City’s current use of runoff elections, and provide the benefits of a runoff without the challenges that come with running multiple elections in a cycle. This local work is bolstered by a bill (S3369) recently introduced by State Senator Andrew Zwicker to enable voters to choose RCV for municipal and school board elections.
For additional information, please contact Herb Tarbous, Co-Founder of Voter Choice NJ, at [email protected] or 212-662-0117
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