Rangel's lead shrinks as more votes get counted
By Adam Wisnieski
The New York City Board of Elections released more complete results for Congressional District 13 on Saturday night, shrinking Rep. Charles Rangel’s lead over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat from 1,032 to 802 votes.
More than 3,174 affidavit ballots, as well as an undetermined number of absentee ballots, have yet to be counted. The Board of Elections plans to begin counting those ballots on Thursday, July 5.
When the BOE had still not released total from every election district on Friday, Mr. Espaillat filed a lawsuit against the BOE. The New York State Supreme Court will hold a hearing on the case later today.
Though Mr. Rangel declared victory last Tuesday night, complications have prevented an official tally for Congressional District 13, which includes portions of the Northwest Bronx and Upper Manhattan.
One day after the June 26 election, only 94 of precincts had reported and Mr. Rangel was in the lead by a little more than 1,000 votes. In the Bronx, Mr. Rangel led by six votes.
However, that number was unreliable since unofficial results released by the BOE on June 27 showed that 66 election districts where ballots were cast had recorded no votes, including 23 in the Bronx and 43 in Manhattan.
BOE spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said the zeroes were erroneous. It is still unclear what the problem was.
A complete breakdown of votes in the Bronx was unavailable on Monday morning.