New York City's mayoral primary election held last Tuesday shows us yet again just how bad Democrat cities are at running elections. The Associated Press reported that New York City's election was marred by errors after the Board of Elections was entirely "unprepared to implement" its new ranked-choice voting system.
BREAKING: Election officials in New York City have retracted their latest vote totals for the Democratic primary for mayor. They say 135,000 test ballots were inadvertently included in the count. https://t.co/mUvVW8k6VR— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2021
The Associated Press recounted the nightmare scenario the Board of Elections created with its poor election administration, mistakenly counting 135,000 "test" votes and leaving out 125,000 valid absentee ballots:
[T]he Board of Elections tweeted that it was aware of “a discrepancy” in its report on ranked choice voting results. It didn’t initially explain what that discrepancy was, even as it pulled the data from its website.
Just before 10:30 p.m. it released a statement saying that 135,000 ballot images it had put into its computer system for testing purposes had never been cleared.
“The Board apologizes for the error and has taken immediate measures to ensure the most accurate up to date results are reported,” it said in a statement.
The results initially released Tuesday, and then withdrawn, were incomplete to begin with because they didn’t include any of the nearly 125,000 absentee ballots cast in the Democratic primary.
Democratic Mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia took issue with the NYC Board of Elections' poor election administration and execution of ranked-choice voting, claiming problems like these undermine the faith in democracy and elections:
“The Board of Elections' release of incorrect ranked choice votes is deeply troubling and requires a much more transparent and complete explanation. Every ranked choice and absentee vote must be counted accurately so that all New Yorkers have faith in our democracy and our government.”
Sounds familiar, right? Except, Kathryn Garcia is a Democrat. It's humorous how Democrats change their tune about election irregularities when they are the ones affected.
I thought the counting of ballots was always done correctly per 99% of the media. What NYC demonstrates is that election processes can result in large numbers of corrupt ballots. Funny that Dems only find these problems when Dems run against Dems. https://t.co/uohOTIwh5D— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) June 30, 2021
Apparently when you are a democrat, you can discuss voting irregularities but not if you are a Republican. https://t.co/0VYfgv3XXT— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) June 30, 2021
Perhaps most ironic is how the Department of Justice is going after Georgia for its new election reforms while it turns a blind eye to the poor election administration in NYC.
Instead of harassing Georgia with a bogus lawsuit, the Department of Justice should focus on the massive voting problems in Democratic-run New York City.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 30, 2021
But that's just how it works in Biden's America. If 2020 taught us anything, it's that trying to institute massive election overhauls without the proper safeguards in place may not be the best idea. Otherwise, we'll end up with more irregularities like those crippling New York City's mayoral race.