Posted inCampaign 2021

Did Ranked Choice Voting Work in NYC? It Depends Whom You Ask…

Under the new ranked choice voting system, New Yorkers got to cast ballots for their top five choices for mayor and other municipal offices in last month’s primary. When it came to whether the new system worked, supporters and critics Monday were offering what amounted to straight yes-or-no verdicts. Preliminary findings strongly suggest most New […]

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Most Borough Presidents Races Still Too Close to Call, Latest Preliminary Count Shows

New Yorkers got a major step closer late Friday night to finding out which candidates notched their party’s nomination to run for mini-mayor, aka borough president.  The figures released marked the first ranked choice vote tallies in the various races, but only took into account in-person ballots cast during early voting and on Primary Day.  […]

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As Primary Comes Down to Absentee Ballots, Here’s Where They’re Coming From

Showing up late has never been more fashionable.  Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams held a tenuous lead of about 15,000 votes over former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia after preliminary ranked-choice tabulations of in-person ballots by the city Board of Election Wednesday.  And Garcia bested third-place finisher Maya Wiley by only 347 votes — meaning the fate […]

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Board of Election Vote-Count Bungle Could’ve Been Avoided, Consultant Says

Weeks before city Board of Elections officials revealed they’d bungled the vote count in the 2021 primary Tuesday, an elections consultant had tried a few times to offer help with the tabulation software his group had provided to BOE. Chris Hughes, policy director of Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center, said he received no response, which […]

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Rankled Choice: Voting Experts Say BOE Rushed Into Releasing Preliminary Results

The city Board of Elections was warned to avoid releasing rank choice voting results piecemeal — a misstep that led to Tuesday’s ballot disaster and could undermine the new system.  “There were many who cautioned them that maybe for the first time they should opt for less,” said Gail Benjamin, who served as the chair […]