New York City is Voting for Mayor

by Jan Frazier

New York City, (Washington Insider Magazine)  –   As a way to avoid the cost of voting and the low turnout, New York has employed a new voting system. Voting took place on Saturday before the June 22 primary.

There seemed to have been very few voters at the polls on Saturday. The voters were glad for a new voting style; however, they were overwhelmed with their choice of candidates for mayor. 

New York City has been booming for years, but recently the city has seen one of its darkest periods. It fortunes have been “turned upside down” with crime rates that have gone up. In addition, unemployment is very high, “and the city’s economy has only begun a fragile recovery.”

With the new voting system – called “ranked-choice voting” or RCV — New Yorkers are able “to pick up to five candidates for mayor and other city offices in order of preference.”

Brooklyn resident, Andrea Glenn, seemed to like the new system. “If my person doesn’t win, my second or third choice may still have the ability.”

Some of the people who spoke to Politico said that “they did not take full advantage of the new system.”

Stephen White of Crown Heights said, “I was looking forward to RCV because I usually like the fringe candidates and now you can empower people who you might not otherwise have supported.”

There actually were few voters across the city, even in Brooklyn and Queens. In reality, at the Brooklyn Museum, there were more people doing yoga than voting.

It was a fact, though, that “candidates crisscrossed the city and canvassers were out in force.” The candidates and canvassers definitely outnumbered the voters. A good deal of campaign literature was being handed out to tourists as well as residents.

Stephanie Horton, who works at Google and lives in the Financial District of New York City, said that “having a broader say in who wins was an improvement over passed years.” The only problem was that a voter had to do deep research to make decisions on candidates.

Horton added, “If you don’t have in-depth knowledge about the candidates, then it becomes a little random after the second or third round. You’re not making an informed choice.”

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