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A poll worker assists a potential voter, at Erasmus Hall High School, a polling site in Flatbush. Photo by Sam Bojarski

With New York City’s new ranked-choice voting system, some primary candidates citywide may have to wait until July for results. District 45 Council Member Farah Louis was confident enough to declare victory, less than 24 hours after unofficial results were posted. 

With 98% of the vote reported, Louis captured more than 75% of first-choice votes in her district, per unofficial results published by the city Board of Elections (BOE). In a written statement on social media, Louis thanked her campaign staff and said she was grateful for the community’s support. 

“We have so much more to do together,” said Louis, who was first elected in 2019. “Let's continue our progress on expanding health care access, improving schools, and increasing public safety.” 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America corps member. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Haiti Liberte. Sam can be reached at sam@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @sambojarski.