The "Kevin Dropped the Chili" Edition
What in the fresh hell happened at the Board of Elections?
This week really was the “Kevin drops the chili” moment for the Board of Elections.
How bad did it get?
The “issue an apology with a screenshot of the notes app” is such a clichéd way to apologize there’s a New York Times story from 2019 about people apologizing publicly using screenshots of the iOS notes app and a Paper story from 2021 about how it’s “so last year.” Now the NYC Board of Elections joins the ranks of Justin Timberlake apologizing for calling Britney Spears “just some bitch” on stage, Sarah Huckabee Sanders apologizing for mocking Joe Biden’s stutter, and Logan Paul apologizing for mocking suicide victims.
Tuesday, 8:47 am: What Will Happen When The Board Of Elections Ranks The Votes? (Brigid Bergin for Gothamist)
Tuesday, 3:55 pm: New York Mayor’s Race in Chaos After Elections Board Pulls Back Results (Katie Glueck for NY Times)
The evolution of that headline:
Tuesday, 11:55pm: BOE Promises Do-Over After Pulling Preliminary Mayoral Results Over Vote ‘Discrepancy’ (Samantha Maldonado and Josefa Velasquez for The City)
Wednesday, 12:51 am: Rankled Choice: Voting Experts Say BOE Rushed Into Releasing Preliminary Results (Rachel Holliday Smith, Yoav Gonen, Samantha Maldonado, and Reuven Blau for The City)
Wednesday, 5:00 am: How Andrew Yang Went from Front-Runner to Fourth Place (Dana Rubinstein for NY Times)
Wednesday, 10:43 am: De Blasio Blasts Board Of Elections Over NYC Mayoral Primary Mess (Matt Troutman for Patch)
Wednesday, 2:40 pm: Ranked-Choice Voting Software Company Says NYC BOE Ignored Offer To Help Carry Out Citywide Election (David Cruz for Gothamist)
Wednesday, 5:30 pm: Coming soon: A rerun of last night’s count, hopefully without the errors (Dana Rubinstein for NY Times)
Wednesday, 5:41 pm: Sen. Myrie: Statewide hearings on New York elections are in the works (Susan Arbetter for NY1)
Wednesday, 7:11 pm: Board of Elections Releases Updated Ranked-Choice Tally After First Botched Count (Brigid Bergin and David Cruz for Gothamist)
Wednesday, 8:00 pm: N.Y.C. Mayor’s Race Remains Tight With Adams Leading in Revised Tally (Katie Glueck for NY Times)
The unofficial, preliminary, and partial result of 9 rounds of voting:
Eric L. Adams: 358,521 votes, 51.1% share
Kathryn A. Garcia: 343,766 votes, 48.9% share
Inactive ballots: 117,327
This weekend is the third birthday for The Briefly. I sent the first email to 12 of my friends and I think two of them were my email addresses. Today I’m sending it to over 150x that number. The Briefly, which is 100% hobby, is fueled by the notes and photos you’ve sent in, and the subscriber base is driven purely by word of mouth. Thank you so much.
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