This Tuesday, November 5, is Election Day in a number of states -- AZ, CA, FL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, NJ, OH, PA, VA, WA – to name just a few. So, first you should check if you have an election and that you're registered to vote. Go do that now. Don’t worry, we’ll wait. All good? Okay, cool. Now, we’re particularly excited about an initiative on the ballot in New York City. Question 1 is a ballot initiative that will bring Ranked Choice Voting to NYC. We at AAI have officially endorsed this initiative (say whaaaaaaa??) because Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is a way to reform our elections and make them more fair. What is RCV in NYC, besides lots of initialisms? So glad you asked. In this case, voters will be able to rank up to five candidates, or can vote for just one candidate. If no candidate has a majority of the vote in the first round, the last-place finisher is eliminated and the voters’ next choices are counted. It sounds more complicated than it is, so here’s a handy explainer video. RCV is totally rad for a few reasons. It produces majority-supported winners. It creates a more level playing field for candidates from historically underrepresented communities. It saves time and taxpayers’ money, since there aren’t runoff elections needed. Majority support! Representation! Money saved! What’s not to love? So, if you’re an NYC voter, head over to the polls during early voting or on Election Day on Tuesday and make sure to vote yes on Question 1. Have questions or want to chat with us about RCV? Give us a call at our Yalla Vote Hotline at 1-844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287).

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