New York City revoked the mayoral primary election results after test ballots were accidentally included in the count.
The NYC Board of Elections is scheduled to release new results upon the removal of 135,000 test ballots. Results posted on Tuesday night brought Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley in closer competition to frontrunner Eric Adams. Upon analysis, the Adams campaign noted that the total ballot count was 140,000 votes higher than it was in the previous June 22 election. In response to Adam, critiques defined the note of the error as being “some Donald Trump sh*t.”
However, the Board of Elections later announced their mistake, writing, “It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System. … When the cast vote records were extracted for the first full results, it included both test and election night results, producing approximately 1350,000 additional records.” The city’s board has a history of errors with ballot counting.
Reuters reports, “Last year, for instance, it took officials six weeks to count the votes in two hotly contested congressional races.”
Voter trust in the election process is suspected to decrease due to the error, and more so since the election was run in a new format where voters ranked five top candidates. Eric Adams has maintained a significant lead in the race and is projected to win the Democrat nomination. In the June 22 election, Adams was the front runner by far with 253,234 votes, following him were Wiley and Garcia.
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