Public Advocate's Statement On The NYC Board Of Elections Reporting Issues

June 30th, 2021

Press Release

"Like many New Yorkers, I was and am extremely frustrated by the tabulation and reporting errors that the Board of Elections made in announcing their preliminary results yesterday. It is the latest in a long-running series of issues and inadequacies with the Board, which is why my office has previous proposed reforms which I hope will now gain traction.

"At the same time, I want to be clear that this is an issue of the BOE, not RCV. New Yorkers reported being glad to use the new power that ranked choice voting afforded them for the first time in this election, and the Board of Elections' errors in tabulation and judgement by releasing inaccurate preliminary results should not dampen that enthusiasm or diminish that power.

"While the wait is long and misreporting frustrating, I am - and all New Yorkers should be - confident that this election is secure, that the final results will be accurate. Attempts to sow further doubt or distrust are cynical at best in a moment when we need to be united. We can be at once aggravated by the process and assured that it will ultimately deliver the results in this critical election."

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