BLAC Caucus: We Warned City Was Ill-Prepared To Implement RCV

discrepancies related to primary results in New York City's recent ranked choice voting
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The following statement was released by New York City Council members of BLAC ( the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus) on discrepancies related to primary results in New York City's recent ranked choice voting:

“Our members warned the public for months that the City was ill-prepared to execute elections under the new Ranked-Choice Voting system, and the concerns they raised continue to be borne out by the facts. We are hardly surprised by this evening’s announcement about the ‘discrepancy’ observed in the unofficial Board of Elections tally of RCV results given that the votes of nearly one million New Yorkers in the all-important primary election were entrusted to an inferior software program less than one month after it was approved by the State.

"Despite its year-long dithering in implementing Ranked-Choice, BOE still had several months and four separate RCV special elections for City Council this past winter and spring to ensure quality control by the time of the June primary, but has failed here to produce timely and accurate results.

"We intend to advocate for a Council oversight hearing to scrutinize the City’s performance in every facet of its Charter-mandated implementation of Ranked Choice Voting. Additionally, the Council should now give serious consideration to the merits of Introduction 2326, which would enable a true majority of our city’s registered voters to determine this November whether to continue with RCV in future special and primary elections.”

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