In a still-developing catastrophe that is sure to add to Americans’ widespread distrust of the political influences on their elections, New York officials have admitted an “error” that counted 135,000 votes that weren’t really votes in the city’s mayoral primary election.
The city’s elections board announced this week that those “test votes” were not removed from its Election Management System before the real votes were added.
New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz noted, “Can’t be overstated how damaging this kind of thing is to public trust in elections.”
The Hill had reported only days earlier that about one-third of Americans already believe that Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory in the presidential race “was the result of widespread voter fraud.”
The report, citing a Monmouth University poll, confirmed 32% said fraud was the reason Biden now is president. The report said the result was similar to polls in November, January and March.
In fact, the verdict of that election, although it is unlikely the final results will change, remain under audit in several states and is the target of several legal challenges still being pursued.
Among the suspicious factors were that several states stopped counting ballots late in the evening with President Trump ahead, but when they resumed hours later, huge ballot dumps, almost exclusively for Biden, gave the Democrat the lead.
Further, Facebook’s chief, Mark Zuckerberg, turned over some $350 million to activists who then gave that money to various mostly Democrat elections officials on the condition that those officials use various leftist organizations to “help” with the election.
And multiple state officials arbitrarily changed state elections laws during the counting, even though the Constitution allows only state lawmakers to do that.
The Monmouth poll said 63% of GOP voters and Republican-leaning voters say Biden was not legitimately elected.
Fox reported the New York issue happened as computers processed results of the city’s use of a ranked-choice voting, which allows voters to list their top five candidates in order.
Since no candidate was the first choice of more than 50% of voters, a computer recounts in rounds, eliminating the last place voter each time.
“In each round, the candidate in last place was eliminated. Votes cast for that person were then redistributed to the surviving candidates, based on whoever voters put next on their ranking list. That process repeated until only two candidates were left,” the report said. “That data had indicated that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former police captain who would be the city’s second black mayor, had lost much of his lead and was ahead of former sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia by fewer than 16,000 votes. Besides Adams and Garcia, civil rights lawyer Maya Wiley was also still within striking distance of victory.”
But it was Adams who noted that the vote total was more than 100,000 votes higher than earlier vote results.
A commentary at Redstate noted it was only 42,518 votes that decided Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin presidential results in 2020.
“Stop me if you heard this one before — county election officials using a completely new and complicated vote-counting process, reliant on computer transmitted and tabulated ballot images, discovered AFTER ANNOUNCING VOTE TOTALS that there was a 135,000 vote ‘over-count.'”
It continued, “Except for this time, the two politicians engaged in a battle over the accuracy of the vote total were both Democrats. In this case, the county officials decided they needed to get to the bottom of the problem rather than simply declare their election process was error-free, the numbers were accurate, and any suggestion to the contrary was an attack on democracy. When they looked more closely they realized someone forgot to push the ‘Reset’ button after the test run of the system and some ‘votes’ had been counted for ‘voters’ who didn’t exist. Oops.”
What was stunning, the commentary noticed, was “New York City — for a week — has been counting 135,000 ‘ballots’ as part of the tabulation process that were never cast. No one noticed.”
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