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NYC to release new mayoral primary voting data after blunder

New York City Mayoral candidate Eric Adams mingles with supporters during his election night party, June 22, 2021, in New York. (Kevin Hagen/AP)
New York City Mayoral candidate Eric Adams mingles with supporters during his election night party, June 22, 2021, in New York. (Kevin Hagen/AP)

New York City elections officials will try again today to report preliminary results of the Democratic mayoral primary after a first attempt went disastrously wrong.

The mayor’s race, the first city election to use ranked choice voting, was thrown into chaos after the city’s Board of Elections posted incorrect preliminary vote counts yesterday in the Democratic primary and then withdrew them.

Critics say the mistake yesterday by the city’s Board of Elections, which released a statement saying that 135,000 ballot images that were in its computer system for testing purposes had never been cleared, proves the board is not equipped to handle the new ranked choice system.

The results released yesterday and then withdrawn appeared to show former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia narrowly trailing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in the race to be the next mayor of New York City.

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