The 2020 presidential election was rife with accusations of fraud and error. Despite protestations from leftists, another election debacle is demonstrating just how these problems can easily occur.
Votes in the New York City Democratic mayoral primary were incorrectly counted and caused the race to suddenly tighten when rectified, the Daily Wire reported. The New York City Board of Elections has since removed the results from its website pending examination.
The problem arose after approximately 135,000 test votes had not been cleared from the system. Once the error was discovered and rectified, two of Eric Adams’s closest contenders suddenly came within striking distance of the candidate.
Adams is a former police captain and current Brooklyn Borough president who would have been New York City’s second Black mayor, Fox News reported. He was the one who first alerted the board to the sudden spike in the number of voters between the primary held June 22, and the results released this week.
The elections board issued a tweet explaining the issue Tuesday after it removed the results from the website. Later, it issued a full statement explaining how the problem occurred.
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.
— NYC Board of Elections (@BOENYC) June 29, 2021
“The Board of Elections conducts rigorous and mandatory pre-qualification testing for every election,” the statement from the board said Tuesday. “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. RCV software uses the CVR to produce unofficial results,” it said.
“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 continued. “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.”
New York City has a ranked-choice election model, according to the city’s website. Voters rank candidates from first to fifth choice and votes are counted in rounds that act like mini run-offs until the top two candidates are determined. This complex process was further complicated by this major blunder.
The fact that there was a significant error in an important primary election points to how easily this can happen anywhere. Although people who proposed such errors were possible in the general election last year were denigrated or silenced, this perfectly illustrates the problems that can arise — intentionally or not — that justify further scrutiny of the votes.