New York City’s Board of Elections will release a new tally of votes in the Democratic primary for mayor on Tuesday.
Let’s hope it goes better than it did last week when officials announced inaccurate figures and had to retract them.
The updated tally on Tuesday should include most of the roughly 125,000 Democratic absentee ballots that were not included in the first count. It should give us a better sense of who is likely to win the race, though final results are not expected until next week.
In a corrected preliminary tally released last week, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, was leading his closest rival, Kathryn Garcia, the city’s former sanitation commissioner, by just 14,755 votes, a margin of around 2 percentage points.
Mr. Adams needs to hold on to his lead, while Ms. Garcia is hoping to overtake him by winning more absentee votes in Manhattan and by appearing on more ballots as voters’ second or third choice. Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, was in third place and believes she still has a chance to win.
The city is using a new ranked-choice voting system that allows voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference. Since no one won more than 50 percent of first-choice votes, the winner will be decided by a process of elimination: Lower-polling candidates are eliminated in rounds, with their votes distributed to whichever candidate those voters ranked next.
Officials did not say when to expect the results on Tuesday, but the Board of Elections announced in a cryptic post on Twitter on Tuesday morning that the new results should arrive during “brunch special” hours instead of “club hours” late at night. That prompted a playful debate on social media over when exactly it is appropriate to eat brunch in New York City.
Many New York City voters got their first glimpse at how ranked-choice voting can reshape an election last week, when the Board of Elections released a preliminary tally of ranked-choice election results.
Though Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, led his nearest competitor by almost 10 percentage points after the first-round ballot, that lead shrank considerably after the ranked-choice results were tabulated.
The Board of Elections will release new results on Tuesday, which will include almost all absentee ballots and could tighten the race further, or even produce a winner — though full results are not expected for another week or more.
This year’s primary marked the first time that ranked-choice voting was used in a citywide election in New York. Instead of selecting just one candidate on their ballots, voters ranked up to five, in order of preference.
In the Democratic mayoral primary, no candidate got more than 50 percent of the vote. As a result, the Board of Elections eliminated the last-place finisher and redistributed first-choice votes for that candidate…
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