After hours of ambiguity in which reporters, candidates and political analysts were constantly refreshing results pages looking for any changes, the city’s Board of Elections said on Tuesday afternoon that it would release a new ranked-choice tally in the Democratic primary for mayor by 7:30 p.m.
“We thank you for your patience while we complete our extra layer of quality control,” the board said in a tweet.
The NYC Board of Elections will release the RCV round by round elimination report 2 by 7:30 pm tonight. We thank you for your patience while we complete our extra layer of quality control.
Elections officials have promised for weeks that on Tuesday they would release a new ranked-choice tabulation that would include uncounted absentee ballots. But the board never set a firm time by which they would do so.
The updated tally on Tuesday is expected to take into account most of the roughly 125,000 Democratic absentee ballots, which were not included in the first count. It should give city residents a better sense of who is likely to be the Democratic nominee for mayor, though final results are not expected until next week. The Democratic candidate is heavily favored to win in November.
In a preliminary tally released last week, Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, was leading his closest rival, Kathryn Garcia, the city’s former sanitation commissioner, by just 14,755 votes, a margin of around 2 percentage points.
Mr. Adams is seeking to hold onto his lead, while Ms. Garcia is hoping to overtake him by winning more absentee votes and by appearing on more ballots as a second or third choice. Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, was in third place and has said she still has a chance to win.
Earlier, the elections board said to a reporter from the New York Post on Twitter that it would offer results at a time that was “more brunch special vs. club hours.”
But the lack of specificity left considerable ambiguity over when results might be expected. It also prompted some light-hearted hand-wringing on social media over the appropriate time to eat brunch in New York City.
One reason for the delay may be additional quality-control measures instituted by the board, what Dawn Sandow, the board’s deputy executive director, on Tuesday called an “extra layer of manual procedures” to ensure the veracity of the new vote count.
Last week, the board had trouble providing ranked-choice results according to the timeline it had set. On Tuesday, the board announced inaccurate figures and had to retract them. When it issued an update with results in the mayor’s race on Wednesday, tallies from several down-ballot contests were not released.
After promising for two days to provide preliminary results in those races, which include competitive City Council primaries, the elections board again ran into delays, citing “various quality control measures” that it did not explain. It then released the tally after 10 p.m. on Friday.
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