Tally Error Throws NYC Mayoral Primary Into Chaos

The New York Times reports:

The New York City mayor’s race plunged into chaos on Tuesday night when the city Board of Elections released a new tally of votes in the Democratic mayoral primary, and then removed the tabulations from its website after citing a “discrepancy.” The results released earlier in the day had suggested that the race between Eric Adams and his two closest rivals had tightened significantly.

But just a few hours after releasing the preliminary results, the elections board issued a cryptic tweet revealing a “discrepancy” in the report, saying that it was working with its “technical staff to identify where the discrepancy occurred.” By Tuesday evening, the tabulations had been taken down, replaced by a new advisory that the ranked-choice results would be available “starting on June 30.”

CBS New York reports:

The BOE said Tuesday night that 135,000 test ballots were counted with the actual ballots as part of ranked choice voting. The results have since been removed from their website.

The discrepancy started to unfold shortly after the preliminary ranked choice voting results were posted by the Board of Elections on Tuesday afternoon. Those results appeared to give Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams a razor-thin lead over Kathryn Garcia.

The Board of Elections says they’ve removed all the test ballots and they will recount the votes. Already critics are raising serious questions about the credibility of the board and its ability to execute elections.