With ranked-choice voting, NYC Democratic mayoral primary might take weeks to pick winner


The Democratic primary for New York City’s mayor has instituted a ranked-choice voting system, which may mean that the identity of the nominee will not be known until weeks after election day. Should none of the 13 candidates receive more than 50% of the vote on election night, tabulation of voters’ other rankings will begin a week later. Increased absentee voting this year may also delay a final count. Additionally, a new policy known as “curing” has been instituted, which allows an absentee voter who may have missed a step on their ballot – such as signing an envelope – to correct their mistake rather than have their vote automatically invalidated.


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