Among its recommendations in the Citizens Union 2010 Charter Revision Recommendations, according to the Executive Summary from June 30:
Establish a Top-Two Election System
Establish a top-two election system, similar to the one that is in place in Washington State, Louisiana, and Wisconsin for municipal and judicial elections, and was recently passed by voters in California. This would replace the current closed partisan primary system with a more open alternative consisting of two rounds of voting. In the first round, all candidates regardless of party affiliation and including independents would run, and all registered voters would be eligible to choose among all the candidates. The top two vote-getters would then advance to the general election or “round two”, with the voters again casting ballots to determine the ultimate victor. This is not the same as non-partisan elections. Candidates would have the option of indicating their party registration (or unaffiliated status) next to their name on the ballot. This identifier would provide voters with a sense of the candidate’s values and political platform. Moreover, party organizations would be free to endorse and campaign for candidates.
The Charter Revision Commission will hear testimony tonight at 6pm at Brooklyn College's Gershwin Theater.