Seventy-four percent of New York City voters approved ranked choice voting in 2019, a system that would revolutionize how voters choose their mayor—not merely selecting one candidate, but picking as many as five and ranking them in order of preference. In the past two decades, the system has gained traction in California (San Francisco and Oakland) and in Maine.
At this Social Work Votes workshop, Abigail Martin, a 2006 alumna who has been an adjunct professor, field educator and academic advisor, will explain the rationale behind the new system, which promises to expand access to elected office for Black and brown officials, as well as the nuts and bolts of how it works.
About Social Work Votes
Social Work Votes is a student-led initiative through Columbia School of Social Work and the Latino Research Institute. Prior to the 2020 election, Social Work Votes mobilized students, faculty, and field agencies to increase civic engagement in communities in New York, as well as “purple” states like Pennsylvania and Florida. Social Work Votes also promotes voting education through social media, and they interview and discuss important topics within the intersection of policy and social work with prominent leaders and activists.