The New York City Council of Elections released an update Wednesday night showing mayoral candidates Eric Adams neck-to-neck with Kathryn Garcia in the fallout from a major tabulation error.
The city’s ranking votes are widely counted, with Adams edging Garcia 51% to 49% of the vote, though there are still 124,000 mail-in ballots left to count.
New York this year introduced ranked voting, which relies on voters ranking their candidate preferences in order rather than selecting a candidate on the ballot.
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The city’s mayoral race was the first major test of the new voting system, but the board’s announcement Tuesday that 135,000 pre-election votes were accidentally counted left some to question the new system.
“Yesterday’s ranking–The choice-vote declaration error was unacceptable and we apologize to voters and campaigns for the confusion, “electoral council commissioners said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Let’s be clear: rank voting was not the problem, but rather human error that could have been avoided,” the group said, adding that the error had been corrected and that an additional layer of control had been. Implementation.
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Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley, who was backed by New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was “knocked out” from the race on Wednesday, according to the latest board tally.
But Wiley maintains the race is far from over.
“With more than 120,000 postal ballots still to be counted – in addition to the provisional ballots and a possible recanning of the results – this election is still wide open,” she said in a statement.
Adams currently leads the race against Garcia with over 14,750 votes, an advantage not that different from Tuesday’s tally which included “test votes.”
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“Our campaign was the first choice of voters on Election Day and leads this race by a significant margin,” Adams said in a statement, adding that he and his team believed the majority of mail-in ballots would “favor” him. .
Garcia said she remained “confident” but “didn’t take anything for granted.” She encouraged all candidates to wait patiently for the count of 124,000 postal ballots.
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