After incorrect preliminary vote count results in the Democratic primary were posted by the Board of Elections, withdrew them several hours later. This was the first time ranked-choice voting was used in a city election.
Critics claimed that Tuesday's error, which saw 135,000 test ballot images accidentally included in the vote totals resulted in the board not being equipped to deal with the new ranked-choice system.
Mayor Bill de Blasio stated Wednesday that "yet again, fundamental structural flaws of Board of Elections have been on display,"
De Blasio called on the board to undergo a "complete structural rebuild", which is independent of his office.
De Blasio stated, "I once offered to the BOE more than $20 million to reform itself." "They declined, leaving legislative action as their next recourse."
The City Council's Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, whose leaders support a repealing of ranked-choice voting on the November ballot, said in a statement that "Our members have warned the public for months about the City's inability to conduct elections under the new Ranked Choice Voting system. And the facts continue to back up the concerns they raised."
Officials from the Board of Elections apologized and stated that they would release new ranked choices results Wednesday for in-person vote in the primary on June 22.
The results, which were released Tuesday afternoon but then withdrawn, showed Kathryn Garcia, former city sanitation commissioner in Brooklyn Borough, trailing Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams by a narrow margin in the race for the term-limited de Blasio. Maya Wiley was third.
Adams' campaign, which pointed out the vote discrepancy following the release of the flawed count, stated Tuesday that Adams was still confident he would win.
Adams filed a lawsuit Wednesday to protect the ballots, voting machines and ensure an accurate count. Adams released a statement saying that they petitioned the court for protection of our rights to fair elections and for a judge to review and oversee ballots if necessary.
Brooklyn's state court filed a lawsuit against the Board of Elections, as well as the other Democratic mayoral candidates.