DemDaily: On The Ballot: New York

June 17, 2021

With less than a week to go before the June 22nd New York City primary elections, in the country's most significant mayoral contest of 2021, eight Democratic contenders faced off in a final debate last night.

With no clear winner, it is uncertain if any candidate benefited in the increasingly tight contest to run America's largest city.

Top Five: Scott Stringer, Kathryn Garcia, Andrew Yang, Maya Wiley and Eric Adams

In the race to succeed current New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is term-limited, 15 candidates are competing to run the Big Apple, which has a population of over 8.6 million and a GDP greater than 180 countries.

In one of the nation's bluest cities and states, the winner of the Democratic primary on June 22nd is all but ensured victory in the November 2, 2021 general election.

It is also the first time that those ballots will be cast under the city's new ranked-choice voting system. First choice votes will be reported on election night, but ranked choice tabulations will not begin until at least a week later. This means voters may wait two weeks for the final results.

Ranked-Choice Voting (RCV) is an electoral system in which voters rank their preference of candidates on their ballots. If a candidate wins 50+% of first-round votes, he or she is declared the winner. If no candidate wins an outright majority in the first round, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. The votes are then re-calculated according to the second choice of the last-place finisher's voters. If, under the new tally, no candidate still has the 50%+1 majority to win, then the process is repeated until one candidate has a majority and is declared the winner.

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The Contenders
Andrew Yang, tech entrepreneur, former Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under Obama, and former 2020 presidential candidate. Fundraising: $9.5 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President (2013-present), former four-term State Senator. Fundraising: $10.4 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Kathryn Garcia, former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Sanitation (2014-2020), former Interim Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the NYC Housing Authority (2019) and former Chief Operating Officer of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (2012-2014). Fundraising: $5.6 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Scott Stringer, NYC Comptroller (2013-present), former Manhattan Borough President (2006-2013), former NY State Assemblyman for the 67th district (1993-2005). Fundraising: $9.9 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Maya Wiley, New School professor, MSNBC analyst, former NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board Chair (2016-2017), former Counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, former ACLU and NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney. Fundraising: $5.9 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Garcia, who was endorsed by the New York Times, has risen in polls (Jordan Gale/NYT)

Other Democratic Contenders
Shaun Donovan, former  Obama Office of Management and Budget Director (2014-2017) and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (2009-2014). Bloomberg Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development from 2004 to 2008. Fundraising: $4.6 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Ray McGuire, former Citigroup executive and one of the highest-ranking and longest-serving African American business executives on Wall Street. Fundraising: $11.7 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Dianne Morales, longtime social services non-profit CEO who currently heads up Phipps Neighborhoods, a Bronx social services organization that fights poverty. Fundraising: $4.5 million (6/15/21). Endorsements

Five other candidates are on the Democratic ballot: Aaron Foldenauer, Paperboy Love Prince, Art Chang, Isaac Wright Jr. and Jocelyn Taylor.

Polling: A June 3-9, 2021 Marist College poll of likely Democratic primary voters showed Adams as the first choice for 24% of the voters, followed by Kathryn Garcia, who has surged in polling, at 17%. Maya Wiley, at 15%, has also gained ground, while one-time frontrunner Andrew Yang trails at 13%.

June 3-9, 2021 Marist Poll. MOE +/- 3.8%

The poll, sponsored by WNBC, Telemundo 47 and POLITICO, projected that, at those numbers, Adams would win with 56% by the 12th round of ranked-choice voting. It did not factor in undecided voters.

The Republican primary will also be held on June 22nd. Guardian Angels founder & radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa, and Fernando Mateo, founder of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, are the two qualified candidates.

Elections On The Ballot in New York
New York City is comprised of five counties each of which is coextensive with New York City's five boroughs and do not have county governments. In contrast to other counties in the state, the powers of the five boroughs are very limited and in nearly all respects are governed by the city government.

In addition to citywide offices of Mayor, Public Advocate and City Comptroller, that are up, each of the city's five counties is holding its own elections.

New York, New York (Citywide): Mayor, public advocate and city comptroller

Five Boroughs of New York City

Bronx County (The Bronx): Borough president, city council, civil court judges, judicial convention delegates
Kings County (Brooklyn): Borough president, city council, district attorney, surrogate court judge, civil court judges, judicial convention delegates
New York County (Manhattan): Borough president, district attorney, civil court judges, district leaders, judicial convention delegates
Queens County (Queens): Borough president, city council, civil court judges, state committee members, judicial convention delegates
Richmond County (Staten Island): Borough president, city council, district leaders

Other Counties & Cities
Albany: Mayor and city council
Buffalo: Mayor and city court judges
Erie: County legislature, comptroller, sheriff, family court judge
Monroe: County sheriff, county court judge, county legislature, Rochester mayor, Rochester City Council
Syracuse: Mayor, city council, the Onondaga County Legislature, Syracuse school board
Westchester: County clerk, county legislature, Yonkers City Council

Voter Information
Primary Type: Closed. Must be registered with a party to vote for that party's nominee.
Registration: Confirm you are registered to vote
Early Voting: June 12 to June 20. Find maps and wait times.
Absentee Voting: The last day to apply for a ballot was June 15th, but you may still apply for an absentee ballot in-person at your local county board of elections office through June 21, 2021.
Voter ID: No ID Required
Where To Vote: Find Your Polling Place
Poll Times: 6:00am to 9:00pm, may vary with county

RankTheVoteNYC Video: How Does Ranked Choice Voting Work?

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Sources: New York Board of Elections, New York TImes, Politico, Ballotpedia

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