New York City’s elections board abruptly removed the unofficial vote count for the mayoral Democratic primary election from its website late Tuesday after the board said it was investigating a “discrepancy” in the count.
Preliminary results released earlier in the day showed Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams maintaining a lead over the other candidates, but suggested the race would be closer than expected when all the votes were counted, The New York Times reported. But the vote count was removed Tuesday evening, replaced by a notice that the results would be available “starting on June 30.”
The elections board tweeted hours later that a “discrepancy” had been found in its ranked-choice vote software, an electoral system which allows voters to rank candidates in order of their preference, which the city is using for the first time. The board added that it was working with its “technical staff to identify where the discrepancy occurred.”