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Board of Elections snafu reveals who de Blasio’s son ranked in NYC mayoral election

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No one is supposed to know who Dante de Blasio, or anyone else, ranked No. 1 on their mayoral primary ballots — unless they announce it — but thanks to the bungling Board of Elections that information has now been made public.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s son was one of nearly 400 New Yorkers whose votes in the June Democratic primary were disclosed in publicly available data because he was the only person to cast a ballot in the election district that includes Gracie Mansion, according to a newly released report.

Dante ranked Maya Wiley first, followed by Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan, researchers discovered because of the Board of Elections’ privacy-protection failures.

Researchers from Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology documented 378 instances in which only one person in a precinct voted on the June 22 mayoral primary, meaning Board of Elections data showed precisely whom an individual voter ranked on their ballot.

“In voter file lists, we have found that in 378 of these precincts, exactly one person was reported as having voted. In these cases, we can match the person with the vote cast, thus re-identifying their secret ballot,” reads a summary of the report released Monday, titled “Privacy Concerns in New York City Elections.”

People vote during the Primary Election Day at P.S. 249 The Caton School
Dante ranked Maya Wiley first, followed by Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan.
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In it, authors Jesse T. Clark, Lindsey Cormack, and Sam Wang identified only one voter in the precinct that covers Gracie Mansion, where the mayor lives with his wife Chirlane McCray and their son. De Blasio’s son, Dante, known for an election-changing TV advertisement during the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary, is a registered Democrat there.

Dante was “appalled” by the breach of the right to a secret ballot.

“I am appalled by this violation of my privacy,” Dante de Blasio said in a statement provided by a mayoral spokesman to the New York Times. “My main concern is not that people will know who I voted for, but rather that the BOE has repeatedly shown complete incompetence and still hasn’t been reformed by the state.”

“Hundreds of my fellow voters have had their right to a private ballot violated by the B.O.E.’s blatant carelessness,” he added. “Enough is enough.”

Board of Elections workers arrive at the Confucius Plaza polling site during the New York City mayoral primary election in New York, U.S.
The botched release of the mayoral primary vote results represented just the most recent of screwups by the BOE.
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In response to their findings, the report’s authors recommend that the beleaguered, patronage-laden BOE in future elections combine voting information from low-turnout precincts in publicly disclosed data to prevent releasing individuals New Yorkers’ votes.

“It is our hope that by raising this issue we may better protect the privacy of voters in New York City in a way that preserves important access to election data. These two interests — voter privacy and data transparency — do not have to come into conflict,” the authors write. “By allowing re-aggregation of small precincts, neither principle would have to be sacrificed.”

A spokesperson for the data-challenged BOE said, “The manner in which election results are reported is legally mandated,” according to Gothamist.

The latest snafu comes after the mayoral election was thrown into state of confusion when Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, noted that preliminary results released showed 941,832 votes were cast for the Democratic mayoral nomination — up from the 799,827 ballots counted on primary day.

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Researchers from Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology documented 378 instances in which only one person in a precinct voted on the June 22 mayoral primary.
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The troubled BOE subsequently issued a statement citing an “irregularity,” and took down the vote tallies posted on its website. The elections board explained that the discrepancy was caused by them erroneously including about 130,000 “test” results in the vote count.

The botched release of the mayoral primary vote results represented just the most recent in several years of screwups by the BOE.

The board admitted to violating election laws by purging 200,000 voters from its rolls ahead of the 2016 presidential primary. Additionally, 20 percent of poll workers didn’t show up to work on Election Day that year.

In November 2018, election day humidity made its new, $56 million scanners inoperable.

And during the 2020 presidential primaries, the board disqualified 80,000 ballots, because officials weren’t ready to handle the increase in mail-in votes cast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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