The Curtis Sliwaest Election of Our Lifetimes

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Curtis Sliwa tried to bring his cat to vote. It got weirder from…

The cat, Gizmo, was denied entrance to the polling site, and Mr. Sliwa fought with election officials over several matters, daring them to arrest him.

Curtis Sliwa brought a special guest with him to vote on Tuesday: Gizmo, one of the 17 cats he lives with in a studio apartment.

But Gizmo was denied entry to the polling site, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and Mr. Sliwa, the Republican nominee for mayor, was irate.

More problems soon followed, and Mr. Sliwa openly quarreled with election officials, shouting: Arrest me! when they asked him to take off a red jacket with his name on it — an apparent violation of electioneering rules.

In a general election match-up against Eric Adams that has provided relatively little drama, Mr. Sliwa’s visit to the polls created quite a stir.

His ballot jammed in the scanning machine, and the machine had to be repaired. An election worker hurled an expletive at Mr. Sliwa while asking him to leave.

They couldn’t have been more hostile, Mr. Sliwa said as he left the polling site, at Frank McCourt High School, more than an hour later and was reunited with Gizmo, who was being watched by a staffer.

— Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Curtis Sliwa tried to bring his cat to vote. It got weirder from there.
New York Times, 2 November 2021.

[Here's a photo from the New York Times, captioned: Mr. Sliwa and Gizmo were reunited later on Tuesday.Credit...Hilary Swift for The New York Times.]

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