The Democratic primary for the mayor of New York City was thrown into a state of confusion Tuesday when election officials withdrew their latest report on the counting of votes after realizing it had been corrupted by test data never deleted by a computer system.
Election to choose Democratic candidate for November race to be next leader of U.S. largest city it was held a week ago with a new complicated voting method used for the first time. It allowed voters to rank their top five candidates instead of choosing just one.
Brooklyn District President Eric Adams had 32 percent of first-choice polls, based on incomplete results released on election day. Civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley was at 22 percent, and former health commissioner Kathryn Garcia third with 19 percent.
New data released Tuesday indicates that Adams had lost a lot of his head.
The confusion surrounding the vote count comes months after former President Donald Trump began promoting unfounded conspiracy theories about the outcome of last November’s presidential election, resulting in Republican support voting changes and even elections “controls”Digging for evidence of vote fraud
Trump weighed in Wednesday on the New York count, claiming that there are “vast irregularities and mistakes” and added that “Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable boss, can’t win the race.
“The fact is that, based on what happened, no one will ever know who really won,” Trump argued in a written statement before pivoting a complaint about the November presidential results.
Tuesday’s update showed Adams ahead of Garcia by two points, or less than 16,000 votes, when the second, third, fourth and fifth choice of voters were taken into account in a classified voting system. used for the first time in a mayoral contest. Wiley dropped to third place in the updated count.
Later Tuesday, the city’s Elections Council (BOE) tweeted that it was aware of “a discrepancy” in its report on the results of the classified election vote. Initially he did not explain what that discrepancy was, even when he deleted the data from his website.
She later issued a statement saying that 135,000 scrolling images she had put into her computer system for testing purposes had never been deleted.
“The Council apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure that the most accurate updated results are reported,” it said in a statement. A note posted on the Election Council’s website indicated that it would try to publish accurate results without any scrutiny absent Wednesday.
– NYC Election Council (@BOENYC) June 30, 2021
Regardless of Tuesday’s performance, final results weren’t expected until mid-July as any results released this week won’t include the approximately 125,000 absent polls that were received – potentially enough to alter the final results.
Voting for classified election
The bungle was a black mark on New York’s first major foray into the by-election vote and seemed to confirm its concerns that the Council of Elections, which is led jointly by Democrats and Republicans, was not prepared to implement the new system.
The New York vote is widely seen as an important test for proponents of classified vote.
Most U.S. elections are “winners take all,” but some big cities have gone to the polls to vote classified, which supporters claim is more democratic. Countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Ireland use some form of the system.
The classified selection system operates as a series of instantaneous scrolls. The candidate for the last seat is eliminated, and their votes are redistributed to the second choice of voters. The process is repeated until only two candidates remain, and the one who has a majority is declared the winner.
In a statement, Adams called Tuesday’s error “unfortunate” and said he expects an accurate update.
Garcia said the error was “deeply disturbing,” while Wiley accused the board of “mismanagement.” Both call on election officials to count each vote to ensure voter confidence in the outcome.
Wiley criticized the BOE, saying Tuesday’s chaos “is not just a failure to count votes correctly today, it’s the result of generations of failures that haven’t been dealt with.”
The New York City Election Council, which operates independently of the City, has long had a reputation for error and mismanagement.
Prior to the 2016 election, he mistakenly purged tens of thousands of voters from the ballot boxes. In 2018, voters had to wait in line for several hours at certain polling stations for equipment problems.
In 2020, he struggled to deal with the demands of absent polls and initially sent many election polls with return envelopes printed with the names of the wrong people.
Whoever emerges as the winner of the Democratic primary will be a heavy favorite in the November general election in a city where Democrats outnumber Republicans by six to one.
The Democratic winner will face in November Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa, the founder of the Guardian Angels civil patrol group.
And if one of the top three Democrats wins the nomination, they would make history if they were elected in November. Either Adams or Wiley would be the second black mayor of New York, and Garcia or Wiley would be the first female mayor.