The nonpartisan City Council special elections to replace now-Judge Andrew Cohen and U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres culminated with March 23 in-person voting at all poll sites in the district. To hold their seats for a full term, the winners will have to run again in a June 22 primary and Nov. 2 general election. Check out THE CITY’s coverage of the contests for more.
Feb 10, 2021, 1:28pm EST
With absentee ballots yet to be counted, early signs show a candidate backed by U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat with an edge. Meanwhile, $200K-plus in Walmart heir and real estate dollars barely made a dent.
Mailers urge votes for candidates Eric Dinowitz and Daniel Padernacht as No. 1 and No. 2 picks — the first time a Super PAC has recommended picking more than one contender under New York’s new multi-candidate voting system.
Queens Ranked-Choice Vote Count Slogs in Special Election, With Key Decisions Yet to Come in High-Stakes Year
Piles of paper ballots must go through a hand count for want of a software system still held up by state officials. How results will be disclosed is also undetermined.
Outside-spending groups backed by multi-billionaire charter school champion Alice Walton and real estate magnate William Zeckendorf flood voters with mailers, internet videos and phone calls to sway a pair of races.
What’s so special about the special elections for City Council this year? Lots — including the advent of ranked choice voting. Early voting is already underway in one race and the others are coming soon.