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Error leads to confusion in New York mayoral primary

Mayoral candidate Eric Adams mingles with supporters during his election night party, June 22. Associated Press/Photo by Kevin Hagen

Error leads to confusion in New York mayoral primary

The New York City Board of Elections late Tuesday pulled down its first round of results from the mayoral Democratic primary after accidentally including 135,000 test votes in the tally. The initial report showed Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams losing much of his lead against former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia with fewer than 16,000 votes between them. The board apologized for the error in a statement and said it was working on correcting the results.

What is significant about this primary election? This is New York City’s first foray into ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank up to five candidates in order of preference. It eliminates the last candidate in each round and redistributes the votes to the remaining candidates based on the next candidate on voters' list. Tuesday’s bungled results, which is also incomplete as it didn’t include the party’s nearly 125,000 absentee ballots, confirmed worries the Board of Elections was unprepared for this new system.

Dig deeper: Listen to Anna Johansen’s report from 2019 about ranked choice voting in Maine.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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Here is Tucker Carlson commenting on this “mistake”. Had it not been for those who bet on elections, this “mistake” would never have been known. The leftist and liberal press had absolutely no interest in investigating this oddity in the election and is more evidence that the leftists and liberals are mixed up in manipulating elections. We cannot be naive in seeing that the Democrats will manipulate elections like they did with Trump in 2020.


Kind of a rebuttal on the "Defund the Police" movement is it not? Adams is out 180 degrees from de Blasio with regard to crime.

My Two Cents

With all the fuss about voter integrity, and especially the democrats' reputation that every vote counts, even illegals and dead people, this specific election must be the pinnacle of embarrassment. I'm shocked there was any confession of error.