Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday pointed to a chaotic New York City mayoral election process and significant tabulation error to highlight new concerns he had with his own 2020 election loss.
Trump’s comments came after the New York Board of Elections issued a statement indicating a “discrepancy” was discovered in unofficial ranked-choice voting results that were released earlier in the day, noting that officials inadvertently included tens of thousands of test ballots in the overall results, according to reports.
Confusion and angst about the tabulation process ramped up late Tuesday afternoon when results showed that some 940,000 in-person ballots had been cast — a significant increase over the 800,000 votes that were initially reported June 22. Further, NYC Board of Elections results from primary night indicated that at least 96 percent of in-person votes had been tabulated.
“The unofficial and incomplete results that were released earlier Tuesday showed ranked-choice voting tabulations from votes cast on primary day and during early in-person voting,” CBS News reported. “They did not include approximately 125,000 absentee ballots.”
Earlier, the board noted that it had discovered “a discrepancy in the unofficial (ranked-choice voting) round by round elimination report,” issuing a statement Tuesday night that said test ballots had been lumped in with the actual votes.
— NYC Board of Elections (@BOENYC) June 30, 2021
“It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System,” the board said in its statement.
“Board staff has removed all test ballot images from the system and will upload election night results, cross-referencing against election night reporting software for verification. The cast vote record will be regenerated and the (ranked-choice voting) rounds will be retabulated,” the statement continued.
The Board of Elections noted further that officials took action to “ensure the most up-to-date results are reported,” with its website updated late Tuesday evening, saying “unofficial rank choice results” would begin to be available “starting on June 30.”
Former NYPD sergeant Eric Adams was reportedly up by about 16,000 votes over city Sanitation Department Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. The board initially reported that candidate Maya Wiley was “eliminated,” but later deleted that designation.
The major screw-ups were seized upon by Trump, who suggested it wouldn’t be possible to determine who really won. He also predicted endless contesting of the results.
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America pic.twitter.com/DM6egwB1wo
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“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 said in a statement issued from his Save America PAC.
“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.
“Watch the mess you are about to see in New York City, it will go on forever,” he theorized. “They should close the books and do it all over again, the old-fashioned way, when we had results that were accurate and meaningful.”
Others took to social media to highlight the error and provide some support for Trump’s 2020 election grievances.
“The NYC Board of Elections counted 135,000 test ballots together with real ballots and released ‘results’ without anyone at BOE noticing. Trump lost the WH by 43,000 votes spread in 3 states and he is corroding democracy if he has concerns about the integrity of those numbers,” wrote marketer Yossi Gestetner, co-founder of the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council.
“You are run off of social media platforms if you raise doubts bout 2020 with margins much smaller than the 135,000 ‘oops’ by the NYC BOE that no one there noticed until after counting and releasing it,” he added in an additional tweet, adding that the board counted results 10 times before outcry caused officials to reexamine the ballots.
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