DemDaily: New York Election Results: Round One

June 23, 2021

The first round of results for yesterday's New York primary elections are in, but the final outcome of many races, including the New York City mayoral election, will not be known for weeks.

With 83% Reporting, First Round Voting Results (New York Times)

New York City Mayor
In the initial Democratic primary results, which include only early in-person and Election Day ballots, Brooklyn Borough President and former State Senator Eric Adams led first choice preferences with 31.7% of the vote.

Maya Wiley, the former Counsel to current Mayor Bill de Blasio, followed with 22.3%, and former NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia garnered 19.5%. One-time front runner Andrew Yang, who conceded the race Tuesday night, came in fourth with 11.7%.

With the city's new ranked choice voting system, however, the final results are far from being determined.

In the Republican primary, Guardian Angels founder & radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa easily defeated Fernando Mateo, founder of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. With 83% reporting, Silwa led 71.8% to 28.2%, surpassing the needed threshold of 50% to secure victory outright.

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is an electoral system in which voters rank their preference of candidates on their ballots. If no candidate wins 50%+ in the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. The votes of the eliminated candidate are then reallocated to the second choice of the last-place finisher's voters. The process is repeated until a winner is declared from the final two.

What Next?
Although first choice votes are reported on election night, ranked choice tabulations will not begin for a week.
June 29th: First ranked choice voting tabulation
The Board of Elections (BOE) will run the first ranked choice voting tabulation. The results will not include absentee or affidavit ballots, so they will still be incomplete.
July 6th: Second ranked choice voting tabulation
Results will include absentee ballots, which account for 15-20% of the total vote, and may be received up to 7 days after Election Day. However, cured absentee ballots with corrected errors aren't due until July 9th, so results still won't be complete.
July 12th: Final election results, barring legal challenges, should be certified the week of the 12th.

Five Boroughs of New York City

Other Elections on The Ballot
In the other two citywide contests, incumbent Jumaane Williams won renomination as Public Advocate outright with 71% of the vote.

In the primary race for City Comptroller, which will go to a second round, City Council Member Brad Landers secured 31.4% of the first choice preferences, followed by City Council Speaker Cory Johnson with 22.6% and former CNBC host Michelle Caruso-Cabrera with 13.6%.

Each of New York City's five counties also held its own elections for Borough president, city council, district attorney, surrogate court judge, civil court judges, judicial convention delegates, district leaders and/or state committee.  See results!

In other New York Mayor primary elections, incumbent mayors in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse all face challengers in their bids for reelection.

In Albany, two-term Mayor Kathy Sheehan cruised to a primary victory with 61.44%, while embattled two-term Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren lost in a landslide to city council member Malik Evans who won with 66.03% of the vote.

India Walton will be Buffalo's first female and first Socialist Mayor (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

In Buffalo, four-term Mayor Byron Brown lost to community activist and registered nurse India Walton, who is on the verge of becoming Buffalo's first female, and first Socialist, mayor. Walton defeated Brown 51.85% to 44.83%.

In the deeply blue Buffalo, Rochester and Albany seats, Democrats are expected to win in November.

The race for Mayor in Syracuse, however, is expected to come down to a tight contest between political Independent and first-term Mayor Ben Walsh, and the Democratic nominee.

In the Democratic primary, Syracuse Common Council member Khalid Bey leads fellow Councilor Michael Greene 49.85% to 49.01%, a margin of just 46 votes, with more than 500 absentee votes still to be counted.

DemDaily: On The Ballot: New York 6/17/21


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Sources: New York Board of Elections, New York Times, CityandStateny,, NPR

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