Board of Elections ‘Discrepancy’ Places Mayoral Major Vote in Disarray

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Ms. Wiley ran far to Ms. Garcia’s left on a number of important political matters, including policing and some education issues. Each candidate would be the first elected mayor of New York, and Ms. Wiley would be the city’s first black mayor.

“I said on election night we have to allow the democratic process to continue and every vote counts for New Yorkers to believe in our democracy and government,” Ms. Wiley said in a statement on Tuesday. “And we must all support his results.”

Mr. Adams, a former police captain and relatively moderate on several key issues, was a non-starter for many progressive voters who may have preferred Ms. Garcia and her focus on competence to a particularly ideological message.

But initial results indicated that Mr. Adams had considerable strength among colored working-class voters and had some attraction among white voters with moderate views.

Councilor I. Daneek Miller, an Adams supporter who is pushing for a new referendum on ranked voting, suggested in a text message Tuesday that the system had opened the door to “an attempt to eliminate the moderate working class candidate and” traditionally marginalized communities ”, as he implicitly criticized the Yang-Garcia alliance.

“It is now up to us to address the issue of ranking voting and how it is being used as a weapon against a large segment of the public,” said Mr. Miller, co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus on the City Council .

Other close election observers separately expressed their discomfort at the decision to publish a ranking selection without considering the postal vote.

“There is a real risk that voters will believe a number of facts about the race that will be refuted if all votes are cast,” said Ben Greenfield, a senior poll data analyst for Change Research, who conducts polls for a Pro-Garcia carried out PAK. “The risk is that this will require an already new and confusing system and increase people’s distrust.”

Dana Rubinstein, Jeffery C. Mays, Anne Barnard, Andy Newman and Mihir Zaveri contributed to the coverage.