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for The New York Times: 125,000 Absentee Ballots Will Likely Decide New York's Next Mayor
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 3, 2021
Fresh off a vote-counting debacle that caught national attention, the chaotic New York City Democratic mayoral primary is moving into a new phase: the wait for absentee ballots.

A preliminary, nonbinding tally of ranked-choice votes on Wednesday showed a highly competitive race, with Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, holding a lead of about two percentage points over Kathryn Garcia, a former city sanitation commissioner. Under the ranked-choice elimination-round process, Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, finished just behind Ms. Garcia, trailing by fewer than 350 votes.

But those results do not account for the roughly 125,000 Democratic absentee ballots submitted, and the race might look different once all eligible ballots have been accounted for.

No one knows with any certainty how the absentee ballots will shape the outcome, though many political junkies and campaign officials are trying to game that out.

Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Katie Glueck.
125,000 Absentee Ballots Will Likely Decide New York’s Next Mayor
It’s a tight Democratic primary race between Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, and the winner will hinge on absentee ballots. Here’s what to know.

JOSÉ A. ALVARADO JR.

José A. Alvarado Jr. is a visual storyteller devoted to documenting cultural and social issues, as well as human interest stories in the US and Puerto Rico.
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