The Democrat primary race for mayor of New York City has now descended into chaos after major discrepancies were found in the vote, with the board of elections admitting that they ‘mistakenly’ added over 100,000 fake ballots to the race.
As The Wall Street Journal reports:
The New York City Board of Elections will redo its tally of votes in the Democratic mayoral race after inadvertently including tens of thousands of test-run ballots in its count, a board spokeswoman said Tuesday night.
Hours earlier, the board published on its website the preliminary results of ranked-choice voting tabulations, showing former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia had vaulted to second place, trailing Eric Adams by fewer than 3 percentage points.
The Board of Elections spokeswoman said there were 135,000 dummy ballots inadvertently included in Tuesday’s count, which caused the discrepancy. They hadn’t been cleared from mandatory prequalification of the system conducted before elections, and to what extent the dummy ballots affected the count isn’t clear. Election officials planned to redo the ranked-choice voting tabulations on Wednesday.
Eric Adams, the candidate who has been previously leading in the vote was so incensed by the fiasco that he threatened to reject the results, as The Hill reports:
The board’s initial tweet came not long after Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, released a statement pushing back on the new count, saying he was seeking clarification from the city Board of Elections.
“The vote total just released by the Board of Elections is 100,000-plus more than the total announced on election night, raising serious questions. We have asked the Board of Elections to explain such a massive increase and other irregularities before we comment on the Ranked Choice Voting projection. We remain confident that Eric Adams will be the next mayor of New York because he put together a historic five-borough working class coalition of New Yorkers to make our city a safer, fairer, more affordable place,” he said.
The error drew swift backlash from journalists and election observers and plunged an already-complicated election into turmoil.
It seems that after months of attacking conservatives for raising legitimate questions about the 2020 election, the tables have now turned on many Democrats.