A botched vote count in New York City’s mayoral race appears to bolster concerns among many Republicans about election integrity.
According to Newsmax, one candidate in the crowded field has filed a “preemptive lawsuit” in response to the current situation.
“Notifying the other campaigns”
Eric Adams, a former police captain who currently serves as Brooklyn borough president, had been in the lead before the contested count was called off. In a statement, his campaign explained the perceived need for a lawsuit.
“Today we petitioned the court to preserve our right to a fair election process and to have a judge oversee and review ballots if necessary,” the statement announced. “We are notifying the other campaigns of our lawsuit through personal service, as required by law, because they are interested parties.”
The campaign went on to “invite the other campaigns to join us and petition the court as we all seek a clear and trusted conclusion to this election.”
Election officials temporarily called off the vote count after discovering an error. Apparently, roughly 135,000 test ballots had been included in the official vote tally.
“It has been determined that ballot images used for testing were not cleared from the Election Management System (EMS),” revealed a statement from the New York City Board of Elections. “When the cast votes were extracted for the first pull of [ranked choice voting] results, it included both test and election night results, producing approximately 135,000 additional records.”
“Our elections are a mess”
The statement went on to apologize for what was described as an “unfortunate” mistake.
Of course, many voters are not satisfied with the explanation and apology — particularly in light of a long history of errors by the city’s elections board.
For his part, former President Donald Trump pointed to the mayoral race as another example of the concerns he has cited in the months since November’s presidential election.
“We better get our elections straightened out because you’re going to have a runaway country,” he said this week. “You’re going to have a banana republic; you’re going to have a third-world country here pretty soon. Because our elections are a mess.”
Many New Yorkers are particularly upset over the city’s decision to use ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to choose several candidates based on preference. Not only was it the first time the city used this method, but it was also the largest such election conducted anywhere in the U.S.