Major 100,000 “Discrepancy” Doesn’t Add Up
After Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams released a statement Tuesday questioning New York City Board of Elections’ unofficial recent voting results update, the BOE admitted to a “discrepancy.”
Adams is asking for an accounting of the BOE’s addition of tens of thousands of names to its most recent ranked-choice voting update.
Recently-released election results that may include the aforementioned discrepancies show that Adams received 51.1 percent of votes while Kathryn Garcia received 48.9 percent of votes, meaning a total of 368,898 votes for Adams and a total of 352,990 votes for Garcia.
“An unacceptable mistake,” was mayoral candidate Maya D. Wiley’s response yesterday to the BOE’s accidental inclusion of 135,000 test votes in the first round of ranked choice votes. Last week, Wiley was eliminated from the race. After the BOE’s recount yesterday, she’s now less than 400 votes behind second place finisher Kathryn Garcia, with 226,575 thousand to Garcia’s 226,922. Some observers say Wiley has a “fighting chance.”
The @BOENYC account tweeted: “We are aware there is a discrepancy in the unofficial RCV round by round elimination report. We are working with our RCV technical staff to identify where the discrepancy occurred. We ask the public, elected officials and candidates to have patience.”
See CNN update on page 3.
BOE MISSION STATEMENT
The Board of Elections in the City of New York,
as provided under Section 3-200 of the New York State Election Law, is responsible:
To conduct fair and honest elections, from local to federal levels;
To enfranchise all eligible New Yorkers to register to vote and to practice those rights;
To conduct elections, certify the canvass and to retain the official records;
Voter outreach and education.
BOE: A Failure of Mission