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CityLab Daily: New York’s Two Mayoral Elections to Watch

Also today: “Open streets” remains closed for disabled users, and Los Angeles County’s policing reform agenda hits a roadblock.

Voters cast ballots at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua polling site during the New York City mayoral primary election on Tuesday.

Voters cast ballots at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua polling site during the New York City mayoral primary election on Tuesday.

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Results pending: The New York City Democratic primary for mayor has received national attention for its diverse field of candidates, which include four women. A lot is at stake, as elected officials will be tasked with the recovery of the largest U.S. city post-pandemic. 

The city debuted its own version of ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference. The system has been met with mixed reviews by voters, with some appreciating the ability to have more input, and others overwhelmed by the process. But one thing’s for sure: In its inaugural year, the new system has made both campaigning and determining the outcome more complex than the winner-take-all approach.