About a year after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris defeated then-president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence, voters across the United States re-voted on November 2, as a national vote was held for a variety of government offices.
Although voting day itself is commonly known as ‘Election Day,’ elections are also called ‘out-of-year elections.’ This is not a presidential or mid-term vote, and almost always happens in weird years.
Here’s what you need to know:
(1.) The polls that took place that day included those to be elected by governors in New Jersey and Virginia, numerous mayoral contests, a special Ohio election for two ANC seats, and a host of other local elections.
(2.) In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe from President Biden’s Democrats faces Glenn Youngkin, a former President Trump’s ally in the Republican Party. Youngkin leads the race, reports CNN.
(3.) In New Jersey, incumbent Phil Murphy from the Democrats is running against Republican Jack Ciattarelli. Various voting has given impetus to Murphy.
(4.) Cities witnessing mayoral competitions in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, Buffalo, Minneapolis and Miami. In New York City, Democrat Eric Adams, a former police chief, will defeat Curtis Silwa from Republicans, CNN reported.
(5.) If he wins, Adams will become the second African-American mayor of New York City. He will replace Bill de Blasio.
(6.) Minneapolis, meanwhile, will see its first votes since the George Floyd incident in May last year. Voters in the city will not only decide on the future of Jacob Frey, who held office when Floyd was assassinated by police, but will also vote to decide whether the police department should be replaced by the Department of Community Safety.