The Votes Are IN For The Greatest Fictional Mayor of NYC


Earlier this week we went to the polls to vote for our favourite fictional mayor of New York Metropolis. However at this election, we did not have to decide on only one mayoral candidate, we may select a number of. And that is how will probably be after we vote an actual mayor into workplace later this 12 months, as town embarks on a brand new period of ranked-choice voting. Now that you’ve got ranked the fictional mayors, we’ll break down how the winner was declared by means of the ranked-choice voting course of.

The contenders got here from such movies and TV reveals as Metropolis Corridor, The Taking of Pelham 123, Candy Residence Alabama, Ghostbusters, Futurama, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, and The Darkish Knight.

Your winner: Mayor Lenny of Ghostbusters. Let’s stroll by means of the outcomes of our election.

A ranked-choice vote proceeds spherical by spherical, with the bottom ranked candidate eradicated, and their votes redistributed to extra standard candidates. In spherical one, the candidates are ranked by the variety of first alternative votes: Mayor Lenny from Ghostbusters is the clear favourite with 401 out of 1260 votes solid, maybe as a result of iconic standing of that film and his function in it of stopping the destruction of town, however he has nowhere near sufficient votes to get the 50% margin wanted outright, so we transfer to spherical 2.

On this case, the primary candidate to be eradicated is Bruce Lincoln, the mayor portrayed by Charles S. Dutton in Aftershock: Earthquake in New York. This isn’t stunning — the film has a dismal 35% on Rotten Tomatoes, and it is possible only a few of our voters noticed it. Mayor Lincoln’s 50 votes have been redistributed, with 14 votes going to Mayor Lenny, and smaller numbers to the opposite remaining 5 candidates.

You possibly can see this play out within the interactive bar graph under, by clicking between spherical 1 and spherical 2:

The method continues: In spherical 3, we see Mayor Anthony Garcia, portrayed by Nestor Carbonell within the Darkish Knight motion pictures, get the axe. These have been very talked-about motion pictures, so it is possible that his unpopularity stems from the chaos that reigned in Gotham Metropolis throughout his tenure, with repeated assaults by supervillains such because the Joker, Two-Face, and Bane.

His 137 votes have been redistributed to the remaining 4 candidates, as soon as once more with Mayor Lenny taking essentially the most, with 44 — however right here we additionally see power in two different candidates: The Mayor, performed by James Gandolfini in The Taking of Pelham 123, maybe justly credited for his success in resolving a hostage state of affairs on the subway, or for the native reputation of the actor who portrayed him in such hits as The Sopranos. The animated Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer additionally acquired a good variety of votes — maybe as a result of his amusing identify, or his success saving New New York Metropolis from “the rubbish ball disaster of 3000” on Futurama.

For the ultimate rounds, let’s herald one other diagram, referred to as a Sankey chart, to assist us make sense of the move of votes between the candidates. Learn it from left to proper, and high to bottom- in every spherical, the votes from from an eradicated candidate “move” upwards as they’re redistributed:

In spherical 4, Mayor Kate Hennings (performed by Candice Bergen) of Candy Residence Alabama is eradicated, together with her 157 votes redistributed. This can be the results of her unlikeable character within the film, which hewed conservative in our presently overwhelmingly Democratic metropolis.

In spherical 5, it is John Pappas who loses out, the character portrayed by Al Pacino in Metropolis Corridor — his 198 votes go to the final three candidates, and on this case it is The Mayor (Gandolfini) who good points essentially the most, suggesting that the Pappas voters have been in search of an alternative choice to Mayor Lenny, the frontrunner. At this level, all of the remaining candidates have proven actual reputation, although Mayor Lenny continues to steer with 543 votes, or 46.1%, fairly near the 50% cutoff for profitable.

For the final spherical let us take a look at desk of outcomes: scroll to the best to see the ultimate outcomes column.

In spherical 6, Mayor C. Randall Poopenmeyer is eradicated, maybe as a result of as an animated character he did not draw as a lot help from the human voters as his opponents. This leaves us with simply two candidates, and with the redistributed Poopenmeyer votes, Mayor Lenny now has sufficient to say a 59.1% share, handily beating The Mayor (Gandolfini) who had 40.9%. Whereas Mayor Lenny was within the lead from the start, this outcome demonstrates he has true majority help, which is without doubt one of the advantages of ranked alternative voting.

Did this election end up the best way you anticipated? Had been the visualizations useful in making sense of how a ranked alternative vote works? Is it essentially the most controversial Gothamist election for the reason that bitterly-contested Brooklyn Bridge Park film night time vote in 2013? Tell us within the feedback!

Particular due to Armin Samii and his Ranked Alternative Voting Visualizations undertaking, for his assistance on the charts on this publish.