Ranked-choice voting considered in the village of New Paltz

New Paltz resident Charles Guenther would like to see ranked-choice voting implemented in the village. This is the system under which a voter selects first, second and third choices for a candidate; if no candidate receives a majority and the voter’s first choice is at the bottom of the pile, that vote is switched to the second to see if that makes a difference, and so forth.

Trustees expressed interest in the experiment taking place in the next New York City mayoral election, and told Guenther that since they are moving to try to have village elections taken over by county officials, that downstate effort will be important in helping the commissioners in Kingston decide on how to proceed in Ulster County.