Voters in New York City are poised to decide whether to give Mayor Bill de Blasio a second term leading the nation’s largest city, among other issues and key races to be decided throughout the five boroughs.
De Blasio has campaigned on efforts to increase affordable housing and address his city’s high cost of living. He’s also cited low crime rates and touted his administration’s rollout of universal pre-K for four-year-olds.
His toughest challenger is Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis of Staten Island, who has called the mayor ineffective. He also faces several third-party candidates.
Voters will also cast ballots for New York City public advocate, with incumbent Democrat Letitia James facing four third-party challengers. Democratic City Comptroller Scott Stringer, meanwhile, faces Republican Michel Faulkner and two minor-party candidates.
Voters will also decide whether they want to call a constitutional convention — as required by New York State law every 20 years — where elected delegates would consider changes to the governmental blueprint. If a convention is approved, any recommended changes would have to be ratified by voters.
The polls will remain open until 9:00pm.