New York City mayoral primary a disaster after 135,000 pre-election test ballots counted;
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The New York Times pointed out that the city used ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to list their top five candidates in order.
- That data had indicated that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police captain who would be the city’s second Black mayor, had lost much of his lead and was ahead of former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia by fewer than 16,000 votes. Besides Adams and Garcia, civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley was also still within striking distance of victory.
- The New York Post reported that it was Adams who first spotted a 100,000-vote discrepancy on Tuesday.
- “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,” an Adams spokesman said. “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.”