Voting kicks off in a New York City mayor's race like no other

The new voting system was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2019 as a way to avoid the cost and low turnout of runoff elections. | Megan Varner/Getty Images

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NEW YORK — Polling sites across New York welcomed a trickle of voters on the first official day of a historic election — and those who turned out seemed primed for a new style of voting, but overwhelmed with choices.

The Democratic primary for mayor comes after one of New York’s darkest periods, as a city that had been booming for

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