Elections board staffer resigns in wake of counting snafu

Voting booths at Public School 160, Brooklyn, New York City. David Dee Delgado/Getty Images Elections board staffer resigns in wake of counting snafu In the wake of Tuesday's disastrous primary results, a Board of Elections employee has resigned. Gladys Fernandez, a BOE staff analyst assigned in the electronic voting department of Queens, submitted her papers after the borough failed to capture 135,000 test ballots which were incorrectly included in Tuesday's official primary results. Two sources with knowledge about the exit records said Gladys Fernandez was submitting her papers. According to Empire Center payroll data, Fernandez has been with the BOE since at most 2008 and earned more than $105,000 last year. A spokesperson for the BOE declined to comment on Friday's resignation. This indicates that the board does not discuss personnel issues. The board published earlier this week the totals of the first citywide primaries that were conducted using ranked-choice vote. After reporters and campaigns questioned the turnout figures, however, the BOE acknowledged a discrepancy in the results and pulled them down. Officials posted new totals the next day without including test ballots. These corrected results gave Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, a slim lead over Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley in striking distance. All three major campaigns filed lawsuits to preserve their rights to litigate the matter over the course of the week. An oddity in election law states that Friday is the last day you can file legal action even though certified results for the primary are not expected until the week beginning July 12. Wiley was the last person to go to court on Thursday. She stated at a press conference earlier in the day, that voters must be confident about the outcome. As a New Yorker, and as a civil rights lawyer it is important that there is clarity. She said this outside City Hall hours before papers were filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court. Garcia had told CNN a day earlier that although the error didn't seem to indicate fraudulence she was concerned that the mistake could still cast doubt on the outcome. She said that she was concerned about the impact on people's faith. Adams campaign was the first to question Tuesday's results. Since then, Adams campaign has released a few statements in which it expresses gratitude to BOE for correcting the error. It also reminds New Yorkers that the 125,000 ballots sent by mail to decide the race need to be counted. We believe Eric is in favor of the absentee ballots and are confident that we will be the final choice for New Yorkers after every vote has been tallied. Adams has not addressed the election snafu directly, hasn’t held a briefing or appeared on camera since Tuesday’s fiasco. Evan Thies, Campaign advisor, said that, except for a visit to New Jersey with his partner, he has been working in the city since primary day.


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