Leading mayoral candidate Eric Adams continued to suggest Monday that the alliance between rivals Kathryn Garcia and Andrew Yang is designed to suppress the vote of Black New Yorkers — obliquely referencing poll taxes that were once used to prevent Black voters from getting to the ballot box.
On Saturday, Garcia and Yang teamed up for the frenetic get-out-the-vote phase of the campaign as the field sprints toward the finish line. For the first time, New Yorkers will be able to pick up to five candidates in order of preference as part of the new ranked-choice voting system.
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Adams references ‘poll tax’ in chastising Yang-Garcia alliance https://t.co/SMLGw9kBsc
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Massive rally in Flushing for Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia. Yang asks his supporters to rank Garcia second. pic.twitter.com/OrePGSHjYt
— Ross Barkan (@RossBarkan) June 19, 2021
Andrew Yang responds to criticism from Eric Adams that he and Garcia are trying to stop a person of color from getting elected as mayor.
“I’ve been Asian my whole life,” Yang says.
— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) June 19, 2021
According to a staffer, 40,000 of these leaflets are being distributed to Yang and Garcia’s respective strongholds in Flushing, Queens, and the East Village. Pretty straightforward messaging. pic.twitter.com/h8NtZeAEuc
— Tina Nguyen (@tina_nguyen) June 19, 2021
Maya Wiley says she doesn’t agree with criticism by Eric Adams that Yang-Garcia alliance is trying to disenfranchise Black voters.
And in light of Adams raising doubts about ranked choice voting, she reiterates her support for it and says it’s better than a runoff. pic.twitter.com/LEsPCREH9A
— Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) June 20, 2021