N.Y. Today: An Early Read on the Primary Results

What you need to know for Tuesday.

Time to Get Some Ranked-Choice Voting Results

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By Mihir Zaveri

Reporter, Metro

It's Tuesday.

Weather: Sunny early, then cloudier in the afternoon, with scattered thunderstorms. High in the mid-90s, but because of the humidity it will seem like 100 or more.

Alternate-side parking: In effect until Sunday (Independence Day).


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Primary Day may have been one week ago. But many races across the city — including the Democratic primary for mayor — are not finished because of ranked-choice voting. Today, elections officials are expected to reveal the first, preliminary round of ranked-choice results, bringing New Yorkers one step closer to knowing who is most likely to become mayor, among other races.


What happens today?

Elections officials will run through the ranked-choice ballots for all votes cast in person on Primary Day and during early voting, offering a fuller (but incomplete) picture of how votes are adding up.

A process of elimination will take place that works like this: The candidate with the fewest first-choice votes is eliminated. Those votes are then reallocated to the candidates whom his or her voters ranked second. The candidate in last place after that is then eliminated, with the votes reallocated to each voter's next choice, and so on, until two candidates remain. The candidate with the most votes would be the winner.

In the Democratic race for mayor, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, led Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, by 9.4 percentage points after first-choice votes were counted. Mr. Adams was ahead of Kathryn Garcia, a former city sanitation commissioner, by about 12 points.

After running through the ranked-choice votes, those numbers might change.

What happens next?

The results to be announced on Tuesday won't be final, in part because tens of thousands of absentee ballots will not be included.


The results will show only who would win if there were no absentee ballots. Later, after absentee ballots have been counted, elections officials will run a new set of elimination rounds for the final result, which may take at least two more weeks.

As of Monday, there were around 124,000 outstanding Democratic absentee ballots that had not been counted, and more might trickle in before the deadline today.

From The Times

The Mini Crossword: Here is today's puzzle.

What we're reading

In last week's citywide primary election, voter turnout fell in some areas that were hard-hit by Covid-19. [The City]

Several people were arrested when police officers clashed with people celebrating Pride in Washington Square Park. [Gothamist]

A police officer was injured after being shot with a BB gun on Staten Island, officials said. [N.Y. Post]

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And finally: A vibrant Pride weekend

New York's Pride celebrations and protests came back with a vengeance over the weekend, after a muted celebration last year because of the pandemic.

Tens of thousands of people took over the streets of Greenwich Village on Sunday, starting impromptu dance parties and embracing the freedom of being together again.

Ahlasia Hunter, 23, who was attending her first Pride, danced and cheered from atop a traffic barricade on Sunday afternoon.

"Bro, the energy is amazing," Ms. Hunter said. "If you don't have a bucket list, you need to start a bucket list — you've got to come to Pride."

Last year, as people were encouraged to stay home because of the pandemic, the Pride March, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary, was reduced to a procession of several dozen people with no in-person audience.

Though the final weekend of June usually boasts hundreds of Pride events and draws millions of visitors to New York, the largest Pride event in 2020 was the second annual Queer Liberation March — an event that has drawn support for being an anti-police and anti-corporate alternative to more commercial gatherings.

Pride also arrived last year during the Black Lives Matter marches and demonstrations that followed the murder of George Floyd. The groundswell prompted popular events like the Dyke March to redirect supporters to Black-led marches and rallies.

This year, though the Pride March was virtual once again, thousands of people streamed down Fifth Avenue on Saturday for the Dyke March, while the Queer Liberation March, held for the third time, brought thousands more to the streets on Sunday afternoon.

"I've been stuck inside for the past year," said Amaris Cook, 19, who traveled from Springfield, Mass., to attend the Queer Liberation March. "It's just great to be out again and see other people."

It's Tuesday — dance in the streets.

Metropolitan Diary: Spare tissue

Dear Diary:

My wife and I were on an escalator at the Port Authority Terminal, on our way home from the theater. I asked my wife, who was two steps ahead of me, if she had a tissue.

She said yes and that she would give me one when we reached the top.

Suddenly, a hand holding a small pack of tissues reached over my shoulder. I turned to see a woman standing behind me with a smile on her face.

"Here you go," she said, "and keep the package."

— Stuart Schwartz

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