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City elections news and analysis from The Nation
October 15, 2021
Why Won’t New York’s Top Democrats Back the Democratic Nominee for Mayor of Buffalo?
India Walton inspired a grassroots movement that won the Democratic primary. But the state party refuses to endorse her, and so does Governor Hochul.
September 29, 2021
How $25 Vouchers Can Help Save Our Democracy
Seattle showed what happens when ordinary residents—not just wealthy donors—fund campaigns.
September 15, 2021
The Resilience of India Walton
The union nurse from Buffalo is fighting to become the first socialist mayor of a major US city since 1960.
July 21, 2021
Progressives Around the Country Are Recalling Sewer Socialism’s Proud History
At the local level, sidewalk socialists represent a movement whose time has come.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
July 7, 2021
Eric Adams Won as a Centrist, but Bold Progressives Took the Other 2 Citywide Contests
Important victories for progressives Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander, along with key council candidates, are a reminder that New York voters can produce multiple mandates.
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July 1, 2021
New York’s Election Mess Is Not the Fault of Ranked-Choice Voting
The chaotic count of mayoral election votes has “nothing to do with ranked-choice voting and everything to do with mistakes the Board of Elections has made.”
June 22, 2021
Want to Increase Election Turnout? Lower the Voting Age to 16.
Andrew Yang had a really good idea: Let 16- and 17-year-olds vote. No matter who wins the mayoral race, the idea should be amplified.
June 14, 2021
Brad Lander Knows How to Achieve the Big, Bold Structural Changes That Will Transform New York
The urban planner running for comptroller argues that the city can drive innovation and change by leveraging its financial power and influence to serve the people.
June 11, 2021
Ranked-Choice Voting Can Make Maya Wiley the Next Mayor of New York
If progressives rank their votes effectively—by making Wiley their No. 1, No. 2, or even No. 3—they can consolidate their power and overtake the centrists.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
June 1, 2021
The ‘New York Times’ Mayoral Endorsement Fails the Voters of New York
The paper is telling voters to back one candidate, when this is a ranked-choice voting election in which New Yorkers are supposed to pick five.