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Data: FairVote; Map: Axios Visuals

Some voting experts are concerned the disastrous mayoral election in New York City will cause Americans to blame ranked-choice voting — rather than problems with the city's election board.

Between the lines: There's slowly growing support for ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to choose not only their top candidate but their second choice and third choices, and so on. Localities across the U.S. have had successful ranked-choice elections, and others are eyeing it for upcoming races.

  • 22 jurisdictions used ranked-choice voting in their most recent elections, as of June, according to the advocacy group Fair Vote.
  • 53 plan to use it in at least one of their next two elections.

What they're saying: When it comes to the mistakes made in New York, which caused officials to mistakenly count 135,000 test ballots, "I am worried that it will hurt ranked-choice voting nationwide — although I hope it doesn't and it shouldn't," Edward Foley, an election expert at Ohio State University, told Axios.

  • "Already the beef against ranked-choice voting is that it's too complicated ... but this will just add to the concerns," said Rick Hasen, a recognized election expert at the University of California, Irvine.
  • "I think it reflects the general incompetence of New York City's board of elections, rather than having anything to do with ranked-choice voting."

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Supreme Court says D.C. not entitled to a voting member of Congress

Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an effort to give Washington, D.C., residents a voting member in Congress, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The court issued its decision without a hearing, citing a similar case from 2000 that concluded that D.C. is not constitutionally entitled to voting representation because it is not a state.

Early voting season is here

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Early voting — both in-person and by mail — starts today, so you can now vote in the Nov. 2 general election whenever is convenient.

Details: The Franklin County Board of Elections at 1700 Morse Road is open 8am-5pm on weekdays through Oct. 22.

Texas-based dating apps get politcal

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Texas-based dating apps are responding to the state's new abortion law with in-app features and "relief funds" for those affected.

Why it matters: Everything is political, especially romance. The moves illustrate the wide-ranging fallout of the law, which is likely to drive election turnout and future legislation.