Although New York’s primary election took place more than a month ago, problems in the system have caused confusion as the counting finally appeared to wrap up this week, CBS2 reported.
Congressional candidate Suraj Patel, who had been waiting weeks to find out the results of his race against U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, said thousands of ballots were not counted.
“We know that nearly 25 percent of people who actually went through the trouble of requesting a ballot, getting it, voting and dropping it in the mail will not have their ballots counted,” Patel told CBS2.
Patel, who did not prevail in the race, said the absentee voting process needs reform.
As many as 20 percent of New York City absentee ballots cast in the primary have been disqualified, the Daily News reported.
“It talks about the dark omen for November and the absolute catastrophe in New York City,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a news conference last week, Spectrum News reported. “And, in fact, what they found is 19 percent of ballots have been rejected in Queens, 28 percent rejected in Brooklyn. There are questions about mail, mass mail-out voting.”