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June 17th, 2024 1 Minute Read Testimony by John Ketcham

Testimony Before the New York City Charter Revision Commission Government and Election Reform Forum & Hearing

John Ketcham testified in a hearing titled Government and Election Reform Forum & Bronx Public Input Session.

Watch the full testimony here.

Chair Scissura and members of the 2024 Charter Revision Commission, thank you for the honor and opportunity to submit this written testimony on improving New York City’s government and electoral system. As a preliminary matter, I would like to reiterate the excellent recommendations that my colleague E.J. McMahon offered at the fiscal responsibility forum on June 13.

In 2019, New York City voters approved a revision to the city charter that introduced single-winner ranked choice voting (technically known as instant-runoff voting, or IRV) in primary and special elections for local offices. IRV was integrated into the city’s existing electoral architecture: single-member council districts, fully closed primaries, and elections held on odd-numbered years, all of which generally discourage political competition.

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John Ketcham is a fellow at the Manhattan Institute. 


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