Update (2220ET): The BOE has confirmed Hardt's reporting:
The NYC Board of Elections counted 135,000 test ballots together with real ballots and released “results” without anyone at BOE noticing.— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) June 30, 2021
Trump lost the WH by 43,000 votes spread in 3 states and he is corroding democracy if he has concerns about the integrity of those numbers.
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Update (2220ET): Wtih the New York City Mayoral race "plunged into chaos" (as the NYT puts it), journalist Bob Hardt now reports that the Board of Elections counted 130,000 'test-run' votes, which would account for most of the 'discrepancy' reported earlier. Hardt added that the BoE will now head 'back to the drawing board' to produce corrected ranked-choice numbers tomorrow. Presumably by then the outcome of the election will have been decided and things can go smoother then...
Elections 2.0: Sources tell me the Board of Elections is going back to the drawing board and running corrected ranked-choice numbers tomorrow. About 130,000 “votes” were part of a test-run that were never cleared from a computer.— Bob Hardt (@bobhardt) June 30, 2021
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Hours after the New York City's Board of Elections released an updated ranked voting tally for the Democratic Primary which showed frontrunner Eric Adams' lead shrinking considerably, BOE officials acknowledged a 'discrepancy' in the ballot count.
At issue: on the day of the primary, the BOE reported just under 800,000 votes with 96.6% of scanners reporting. On Tuesday, however, the tally was 941,832 votes - nearly 20% higher, according to PIX11.
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 new figures narrows Adams' lead over former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia to just 51.9% (368,898) to 48.9% (352,990) - while there are still 100,000 absentee ballots which need to be processed, and could tip Garcia over the top.
In response, Adams' campaign fired off a statement questioning the count, and demanding an explanation for the "irregularities."
"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," reads the statement. "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."
Eric Adams says “irregularities” in ranked choice voting results for the New York City mayor race raises “serious questions,” as absentee ballots could sway the election.— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) June 29, 2021
Eric Adams: 51.9% (368,898)
Kathryn Garcia: 48.9 (352,990)
Adams +15,908 (≈120k remaining) pic.twitter.com/0uqtIQnsqe
Liberals, in response, accused Adams of going 'full Trump' and spreading 'the big lie' - that the election isn't as secure as advertised.
Seems pretty insulting to imply that Eric Adams is somehow following and copying Trump instead of making his own choices.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 29, 2021
Seems desperately partisan to blame Trump for a Democratic NYC Mayoral candidate's actions.
Why are so many liberals rooting for Garcia over Adams? https://t.co/WsksLgYgY2