NEW YORK (AP) — Candidates in New York City’s heavily contested Democratic mayoral primary on Saturday urged people to go to the polls in the coming days as early voting kicked off.
The start of early voting around the state marks the homestretch to primary election day on June 22. As some city mayoral candidates voted, others spoke at a get-out-the-vote rally hosted by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is remaining neutral in the race.
“Why on earth would you wait until the last day?” candidate Andrew Yang asked at the event. “You can vote right now. You can vote tomorrow. You can vote Monday. You can vote Tuesday. I don’t know about you all, but I would feel great having gotten it out of the way.”
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has topped some recent polls, though the 13-candidate race remains tight. Other top contenders include 2020 presidential candidate Yang, former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, city Comptroller Scott Stringer and civil rights attorney Maya Wiley.