NEW YORK, June 22 (Reuters) – Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams led a group of Democratic New York mayoral candidates on Tuesday evening, but the winner is unlikely to be known for weeks because election officials are waiting for a flood of absent ballots.

By Joseph Ax and Jonathan Allen

The main competition also used ranked voting – a system in which voters can rank up to five candidates in order of preference – for the first time in a mayoral race, adding to the uncertainty.

With nearly 400,000 votes counted, Adams, a former police captain, was ranked first choice on just under 30% of the ballots.

Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation chief who campaigned as a seasoned technocrat, was in second place with around 22%; Maya Wiley, the former MSNBC analyst and civil rights lawyer who became the leading Liberal candidate, was just behind at 21%.

Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate who had previously spent months in the lead, was in fourth place with around 12%. Nine other candidates were single digits or less.

The winner of Tuesday’s Democratic contest to succeed limited-term mayor Bill de Blasio will be a big favorite in the November general election, given the city’s strongly Democratic orientation. Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels Civil Patrol Group, held an early lead in the Republican primary against businessman Fernando Mateo.

Voters were also choosing from eight Democratic candidates seeking to replace retired Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr. The candidate, who will be virtually guaranteed to win the November general election, would inherit Vance’s criminal investigation of the empire. commercial of former President Donald Trump.

The next mayor will face deep challenges, including wealth inequality, police accountability, lack of affordable housing and a struggling tourism industry in America’s most populous city.

The unusually fluid campaign has been dominated by the issue of public safety, as the city faces an increase in shootings amid an ongoing nationwide debate over policing.

The main moderate candidates – Adams, Garcia and Yang – all called for an increase in police resources.

Wiley, on the other hand, proposed to cut $ 1 billion from the NYPD’s nearly $ 6 billion budget, redirecting funding to other services, such as mental health counseling.

Almost all of the top candidates would go down in history: Adams as the city’s second black mayor, Yang as the first Asian-American mayor, Garcia as the first female mayor, and Wiley as the first black female mayor.

DELAYED RESULTS

The new preferential voting system works like a series of instant ballots. If no candidate exceeds 50% among the first choice ballots – deemed unlikely in such a fractured field – the last candidate is eliminated and his votes are redistributed to the second choice of voters.

The process is repeated until there are only two candidates left and the winner is the one with the majority of the votes.

The Elections Council intends to announce the first round of its in-person vote compilation results on June 29 and plans to publish a second round that includes postal votes a week later. Final results are expected the week of July 12, after the deadline for voters to correct or “fix” defective ballots has expired.

At a polling station in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, voters generally praised the new system, though some admitted they felt pressured to do more homework than usual to reach five choices.

“Once you sit down and read it all, it’s actually pretty easy,” said Meg Vasu, a 30-year-old lawyer.

She ranked Wiley number one after coming away impressed with her performance in mayoral debates.

“I felt she was the best progressive choice for the city,” Vasu said.

Michael Hartman, a 41-year-old lawyer, said he ranked Garcia number one, in part based on endorsements from the New York Times and the New York Daily News.

“I think she is the most competent candidate,” he said. “She has considerable experience.”

Like other voters, he approached his ballot strategically, ranking Wiley but leaving out Adams and Yang, whom he disliked as candidates.

The use of ranked voting, which prompts candidates to ask their rivals’ supporters to rank them as well, sparked an unusual spectacle on the final weekend of the race: Yang and Garcia campaigned together on Saturday and Sunday in an apparent effort to blunt Adams. growing momentum.

Yang encouraged his supporters to classify Garcia as their second choice; Garcia stopped before doing so but praised Yang’s campaign.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Jonathan Allen Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Aurora Ellis, Jonathan Oatis and Raju Gopalakrishnan)


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