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NYC Board of Elections Removes Election Results, Cites Major Error in Counting Votes

Democrat mayoral primary race tabulation taken down over 'discrepancy'

 on 30th June 2021 @ 7.00pm
the error has closed the gap between eric adams and his two closest rivals © press
The error has closed the gap between Eric Adams and his two closest rivals

The New York City Board of Elections has removed the election results for the Democrat mayoral primary race after allegedly making a serious error in counting the votes.

The race for NYC mayor plunged into chaos on Tuesday night when election officials released a new tally of votes in the Democratic mayoral primary.

The Board of Elections (BOE) then removed the tabulations from its website after citing a “discrepancy.”

The results released earlier in the day had suggested that the race between frontrunner Eric Adams and his two closest rivals had tightened significantly.

However, just a few hours after releasing the preliminary results, the BOE issued a cryptic tweet revealing a “discrepancy” in the report.

The post claimed officials were working with “technical staff to identify where the discrepancy occurred.”

andrew yang has already conceded the race to eric adams © press
Andrew Yang has already conceded the race to Eric Adams

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,” The New York Times reported.

Then, around 10:30 p.m., the board finally released a statement, explaining that it had failed to remove sample ballot images used to test its ranked-choice voting software.

When the board ran the program, it counted “both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records,” the statement said.

The ranked-choice numbers, it said, would be tabulated again.

The NYC BOE's longer statement said:

The Board of Elections conducts rigorous and mandatory pre-qualification testing for every election.

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.

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.

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 Board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up to date results are reported.

the  discrepancy  had closed the gap between frontrunner eric adams and his two closets rivals © press
The 'discrepancy' had closed the gap between frontrunner Eric Adams and his two closets rivals

Two local NYC journalists reported that the error involved the elections board not removing a large number of test votes from a computer.

“Elections 2.0: Sources tell me the Board of Elections is going back to the drawing board and running corrected ranked-choice numbers tomorrow,” Spectrum News Political Director Bob Hardt said.

“About 130,000 ‘votes’ were part of a test-run that were never cleared from a computer.”

“The [NYC Board of Elections] forgot to take out tens of thousands of practice ballots out of the system before running the RCV simulation today, which resulted in the ‘discrepancies,'” reporter Juan Manuel Benitez tweeted.

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