The New York City’s mayoral primary race’s vote count has been voided after a catastrophic error on Tuesday night stemming from election officials’ failure to clear ‘test deck’ data from the tabulators. The election board will tabulate the results again, but the results are not expected until later in July.
“The ranked-choice numbers, it said, would be tabulated again, without the test ballots,” the NY Times reported. “That preliminary tally is now expected sometime Wednesday, though official results that include counts of absentee ballots will not be released until later in July and could look different from the numbers announced this week.”
The NYC race’s confusion began late Tuesday night when the Board of Elections retracted the initial vote results. It had discovered that the results had been corrupted by test deck data that were never cleared from the voting system.
The New York City BOE admitted the imbroglio in a press release on Tuesday:
— NYC Board of Elections (@BOENYC) June 30, 2021
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“The Board of Elections conducts rigorous and mandatory pre-qualification testing for every election,” the BOE said. “It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System (EMS).”
“EMS produces Cast Vote Records (CVR) from ballot images,” the statement continued. “RCV software uses the CVR to produce unofficial results.”
“When the cast vote records were extracted for the first pull of RCV results, it included both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records,” the statement added.
“Board staff has removed all test ballot images from the system and will upload election night results, cross-referencing against election night reporting software for verification. The cast vote record will be re-generated and the RCV rounds will be re-tabulated,” the BOE went on.
Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the embarrassing mistake by the Board of Elections on Wednesday. He said that ‘the ranked-choice fiasco that has plunged the 2021 mayoral primary into chaos was further proof that the agency as presently constituted needed to be eliminated and replaced,’ according to the Times.
“Yet again, the fundamental structural flaws of the Board of Elections are on display,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement. He also called for “an immediate, complete recanvass” of the vote count and “a clear explanation of what went wrong.”
“Going forward,” he added, “there must be a complete structural rebuild of the board.”
Donald Trump issued a statement to highlight that once again, our elections are failing to instill trust in the electorate.
“Just like in the 2020 Presidential Election, it was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made and that Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable lead, may not win the race,” Trump remarked.
“The fact is, based on what has happened, nobody will ever know who really won,” he continued. “The Presidential Race was a Scam and a Hoax with numbers and results being found that are massive, shocking, and determinative.”
“Watch the mess you are about to see in New York City,” he added. “It will go on forever.”
“They should close the books and do it all over again, the old-fashioned way, when we had results that were accurate and meaningful,” he said.
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