What you need to know about the citywide primary elections today

On the ballot, there are mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president and city council all deciding who the party nominees will be. W

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2021, 4:54 PM

Updated 1,090 days ago

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Today is your opportunity to help decide who our next city leaders will be. But there's some changes this year - the way to vote.
This is the first city-wide election to use ranked choice voting. In this new voting process, voters will rank their five top choices, in order, for each race. If no one gets more than 50% of first place votes, then whoever got the least is eliminated, and the second choices from each of those ballots gets awarded the vote, until someone reaches that 50% threshold.
On the ballot, there are mayor, public advocate, comptroller, borough president and city council all deciding who the party nominees will be. What makes this year unique is how few incumbents are up for reelection - mayor, comptroller and borough president are all going to see new faces, no matter who wins the primary.
Due to the ranked choice voting process, it’s not expected that many races will be called tonight, especially the bigger ones.


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