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OnPolitics: New Yorkers head to the voting booth

  • June 22, 2021

It’s primary day for New Yorkers!

Voters in the city that never sleeps were heading to the polls Tuesday to pick their next mayor in what could be one of the most consequential elections in recent history.

The winner of the crowded Democratic primary in New York City is all but sure to win the general election in November, and voters will pick the nominee using ranked choice voting, a new twist to the mayoral election.

In disappointing news for the White House: The Biden administration won’t reach its “aspirational” goal of getting 70% of adult Americans at least partially vaccinated for COVID-19 by the Fourth of July. 

It’s Mabinty, with the news of the day. 

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  • Will SCOTUS take on warrantless searches case? 

    Diane Zorri is one of eight plaintiffs in a lawsuit at the Supreme Court challenging warrantless searches of phones and other devices at the U.S. border. The justices are set to consider whether to take the case, and another one raising similar questions, when they meet Thursday for their final conference of the current term.      

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports it performed 40,913 so-called basic searches of electronic devices in 2019, a 22% increase from the prior fiscal year. Those searches involve an officer looking through a phone – reading emails, texts and calendar items – without the help of third-party software. The agency doesn’t track more advanced searches that involve connecting a phone to a computer for analysis.

    Appeals courts have offered varying views on how much authority border officials have to search electronic devices, meaning that an international passenger entering the United States at Boston Logan International Airport faces a different set of rules than if that same passenger touches down in Los Angeles. Read more on the lawsuit from USA TODAY’s John Fritze. 

    Hope you drink something sweet, like lemonade or iced coffee, today — Mabinty 

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