It’s been called an “attack on democracy.” Undermining faith in our “democratic institutions.” It’s even been compared to treason.
Yet after the botched New York mayoral primary race, at least three Democratic candidates are calling for an unprecedented manual recount of the election results, as well as an audit.
“The top three Democratic mayoral contenders are demanding a manual recount of the June 22 primary election if the final vote count has narrow enough margins — a process that would be a first for the city in modern history,” the New York Post reported.
“It is without precedent in a New York City mayoral race or any citywide office,” said election lawyer Stanley Schlein, who represents Kathryn Garcia in her lawsuit against the Board of Elections.
“Garcia, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and lawyer Maya Wiley have all filed similar petitions in court to protect their rights to challenge the election results,” the Post added.
The calls for a manual recount and audit of the Democratic primary results follows the debacle of an estimated 135,o00 votes wrongfully counted in the ranked-choice election. It was discovered that the results had been corrupted by test deck data that were never cleared from the voting system.
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“The Board of Elections conducts rigorous and mandatory pre-qualification testing for every election,” the BOE said. “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,” the statement continued. “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,” the statement added.
Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the embarrassing mistake by the Board of Elections on Wednesday. He said that ‘the ranked-choice fiasco that has plunged the 2021 mayoral primary into chaos was further proof that the agency as presently constituted needed to be eliminated and replaced,’ according to the Times.
“Yet again, the fundamental structural flaws of the Board of Elections are on display,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement. He also called for “an immediate, complete recanvass” of the vote count and “a clear explanation of what went wrong.”
“Going forward,” he added, “there must be a complete structural rebuild of the board.”
Donald Trump issued a statement to highlight that once again, our elections are failing to instill trust in the electorate.
“Just like in the 2020 Presidential Election, it was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made and that Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable lead, may not win the race,” Trump remarked.
“The fact is, based on what has happened, nobody will ever know who really won,” he continued. “The Presidential Race was a Scam and a Hoax with numbers and results being found that are massive, shocking, and determinative.”
“A final vote count is expected on July 12,” the New York Post reported. “Adams currently leads Garcia by 14,755 votes with Wiley just 347 votes behind the former Sanitation Commissioner.”