NYC Primary Day 2021 Liveblog: Mayoral Candidates Take To The Streets One Last Time


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Regardless of the very fact it could take one other month earlier than we all know all the winners, there nonetheless shall be information when the polls shut tonight:

  • We’ll know the winner of the Republican mayoral major with the head-to-head match-up between Curtis Sliwa and Fernando Mateo.
  • We might know the winner of the Manhattan District Lawyer contest. This race shouldn’t be utilizing ranked-choice voting since it’s a state workplace. If the race could be very shut, all eyes shall be on the variety of excellent absentee ballots.
  • In all town contests together with mayor, public advocate, comptroller, metropolis council and borough president, we are going to know the unofficial outcomes based mostly on early and Main Day in-person voting. We is not going to see our first ranked-choice tally till subsequent Tuesday.


Experiences from across the metropolis point out that issues are a bit of “chill” round many usually energetic polling locations. “It is fairly sluggish proper now, however we’re most likely going to get a gradual trickle,” stated Ayo Harrington, a ballot employee in Alphabet Metropolis.

She added that many individuals have been so centered on understanding ranked-choice voting (RCV), some voters have made the error of marking too many candidates for the non-RCV selections. It is one thing that the poll machines can catch, and ballot staff have been educated to information folks by means of the method of redoing their poll. “I feel it is like driving a bicycle,” she added. “You do it as soon as, then you definitely kinda get it.”

Some voters informed Gothamist/WNYC that that they had been eagerly awaiting the possibility to solid a vote on major day.

“I voted for previous presidents, however by no means for mayor,” stated Nelson Peguero, a first-time native voter. “That is essentially the most highly effective race I’ve ever seen, as a result of the demographics of candidates comes from African-People, Asian-People, we have now girls, we have now [Kathryn] Garcia who got here from foster house rising up with a biracial household, all of them have a bit of bit that we are able to relate [to]. If we are able to relate with that individual, we are able to all work collectively and make it occur. C’mon man, that is New York Metropolis, I like this metropolis.”


Eric Adams was at his polling place in Mattress-Stuy round 6:30 a.m., the place he grew to become emotional speaking about his mom, who died a number of months in the past whereas the marketing campaign was underway.

Most of the main mayoral candidates are out and about making one final push for voters at their native polling websites, or simply goofing round to indicate how completely not wired and drained they’re. Andrew Yang was at a polling web site in Chelsea early on Tuesday rallying the press corps for an extended day forward. He then was noticed dancing and shadow boxing within the Bronx a bit of later within the morning.

“I acquired some dancing sneakers, I gotta DJ,” Maya Wiley stated whereas talking to reporters in Alphabet Metropolis and chatting with voters close to a polling web site there. She burdened she’d be affected person and await a last name from town’s Board of Elections, however deliberate to celebration Tuesday night time together with her supporters it doesn’t matter what the day held. “And I can’t wait to have fun simply how superb this metropolis is.”

A photo of Maya Wiley talking to reporters on Primary Day 2021


Maya Wiley speaking to reporters on Main Day 2021

Gwynne Hogan/Gothamist

She additionally took the chance this morning to leap on a Revel scooter with Assemblywoman Emily Gallagher.


In the meantime, on his house turf at Brooklyn Borough Corridor, a big picture of him appeared subsequent to voting cubicles this morning. The positioning supervisor wouldn’t remark to Gothamist/WNYC when requested in regards to the poster. It has since been removed.


A photo of a voting booth on Primary Day 2021

Voters shared extra of their ideas on the problems guiding their ballots this election. Sylvia Faty, who voted within the East Village this morning, informed us, “I am involved about security within the metropolis. The violence is simply.. has elevated and I do not know if it is as a result of the pandemic and individuals are out now and so they’re loopy and wild however that is one and likewise inexpensive housing is one other.”

Tracey Kelly, who voted in Stuy-City, stated, “for the mayoral race, I used to be torn as a result of it’s a must to need to social justice angle however you even have the I can run an enormous metropolis angle so I attempted to consider each of these issues.”

“I feel there is a disconnect between the mayor and the group,” stated Jeanne D’Onofrio, who additionally voted in Stuy-City. “We’re feeling like we’re on our personal right here generally, not all the time, so I am hoping with the brand new mayor there shall be some change.”

Chris Easter, who voted in Alphabet Metropolis, was sporting a button down shift he’d sown selfmade patches onto, emblazoned with the phrase “VOTE.” You’ll be able to see it within the tweet under.

He stated the voting course of itself was “tremendous clean.”

“I did my analysis I used to be ready,” he stated including that crucial points for him have been, “social justice, Black Lives Matter and trans lives matter.”