Scrutiny of NYC Election Results Yields Few Changes
By Robin Shulman
NEW YORK -- On election day in New York City, some 55 election districts erroneously reported that Sen. Barack Obama received zero votes. Elections officials attributed the miscounts to human error, but Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said they amounted to "fraud."
Now official results have been released by the city's Board of Elections, including emergency, absentee and other categories of votes that were not part of the original election day tally. How do the new results change things? Not so much.
A borough-by-borough count of the differences in election day reports and new official tallies demonstrated that Brooklyn showed the most significant difference between unofficial and official results.
The unofficial results were already tight, with 49.6 percent for Clinton and 48.0 percent for Obama. But the new official results show the race was even closer than initially reported, with 49.4 percent for Clinton, and 49.2 percent for Obama.
Obama also jumped just over a percentage point in the official tally for Manhattan. Clinton was initially reported as winning 53.8 percent of the vote, and Obama, 43.8 percent. Now the official results show 53.7 percent to 44.9 percent.
In the Bronx, the unofficial results showed Clinton at 60.3 percent of the vote to Obama's 37.9 percent; the official results show them at 61.2 percent to 37.8 percent. In Queens, the results went from Clinton at 60.2 percent to Obama at 38.0 percent, and now the official results have Clinton at 60.0 percent and Obama at 38.6 percent.
In Staten Island, Clinton came out stronger in the new official results than initially reported. The initial results showed Clinton at 60.7 percent to Obama at 36.3 percent. New official results show Clinton at 61.2 percent to Obama at 35.5 percent.
Of course, the real question is not who took which borough by how much, but whether the official results will yield a change in delegate allocations. "So far from what we've seen, we don't expect the numbers to change," said Jonathan Rosen, a spokesman for the New York State Democratic Committee, whose own official results have yet to be released.
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