How I'm voting: November 2021 NYC General Elections
In this post I'll share how I'll likely be voting in the November 2021 General (and special?) elections this year. Voting day is November 2 with early voting through October 30thish so make your plan to vote today!
- Mayor - [Dem] Adams
- Manhattan Borough President - [Dem] Mark Levine
- Comptroller - [Dem] Brad Lander, says will divest from fossil fuels
- Public Advocate - [Dem] Jumaane Williams, was endorsed by Bernie and NYT in past for Lt. Gov.
- [Independent] Anthony Herbert, seems very focused on housing equality which I think is a worthy cause. A soft 2nd pick.
- District Attorney - [Dem] Alvin L Bragg
- City Council 2nd Council District - [Dem Soc] Carlina Rivera, the big controversial issue seems to be the development of EV area and whether East River Park will get torn up and raised (as a sea wall) or not. I'm generally in favor of long-term solutions so think we should raise the wall.
- Supreme Court - 2 slots, 2 candidates
- Judge of Civil Court - 2 slots, 2 candidates
- Proposals on Ballot
- Updating State's redistricting process - No, while there are some good amendments in here they're coupled with amendments that make it much easier for a majority party to gerrymander districts - we don't want that
- Entitlements to Clean Environment - yes, give environmental issues more legal footing
- Shortening 10 day voting registration - yes, you can sign up for a bank in a day we should be able to sign up to vote in a day
- No-excuse absentee ballots - yes, absentee (and really web-based) ballots should become first-class
- expand nyc civil court purview - yes, internet says that this will speed up a lot of civil disputes which seems good
Honestly it was so hard to find info on local elections - who the candidates are, what their policies and track records were, who is even on the ballot this week. It feels like it shouldn't be that hard - esp for a high tech city like NYC - but... it was.
Here are some resources I found helpful in today's search:
- Find your pollsite and view a sample ballot (https://findmypollsite.vote.nyc/)
- This is hosted on vote.nyc which is the NY Board of Elections official website so it's about as good a source of truth as you're gonna get. It doesn't have info about the local candidates but it's a good starting point for research.
- Gothamist 2021 Election Guide - Very dem leaning (other party members not well documented) and really only updated at primaries this summer, but still one of the only introductory guides I could find with overviews of the candidates
- The City General Election Prep - Similarly has a good overview of candidates and some of their positions, including city council which was extremely hard to find info on even for relatively well populated districts