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20 years of research. More. The line probiotics dot com and by the listeners and members of KQED Public radio coming up on 5 22. It's morning edition from NPR News. I'm Noel King, and I'm Rachel Martin. Good morning. New York City's mayoral primary race is tight. A new preliminary tally shows frontrunner Eric Adams with a slight lead. The latest results were posted after the Board of Elections had to withdraw its initial report Tuesday after they made an error. But there remains a lot of confusion over the city's new ranked choice voting system and a lot of questions about the city's board of elections. Bloomberg reporter Henry Goldman joins us now to talk about all this. Thanks for being here. County, Rachel. It's nice to be here. We appreciate you. So I just gave the latest snapshot. Can you tell us based on your reporting where the race stands right now? The race is tight. It's a jump ball. Uh, there are 2% points separating Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams from former sanitation commissioner Catherine Garcia. It's anybody's race to win, and it depends on 125,000 absentee ballots that remain uncounted. So a lot of people are up in arms about the the confusion. How much does the new ranked choice voting system? Factor in Well, it factors in in the sense that it's new, and it's confusing. It was developed because it eliminates the need for a runoff election. We had 13 Democrats running in this election, eight of them were capable of raising millions of dollars. And no 11 more than 32% of the vote in a straight first place vote, and this kind of spreads out the power of the electorate. To decide. You know, In order of preference, voters were given five choices that they could rank in order of their favorites. So in theory this is supposed to this is supposed to work to give more agency to the actual voters, but it depends on a board of elections. That's that's also working and and the board admitted that they messed up. They issued this statement saying. The board must regain the trust of New Yorkers. I mean, does this underscore a bigger problem with the board? Well, yes, it's a problem that's existed for almost 100 years, if not more with the board that's divided. Evenly between Republicans and Democrats, which means that independence or disenfranchised and this system to a degree, and it's rife with nepotism and patronage and Everybody is somebody's cousin or wife or in law, and they're not necessarily the most capable people in managing an election. So we've had cases of long lines. We've had cases of machines breaking down. We've had cases of, you know all kinds of mess ups. 100,000 absentee ballots in Brooklyn that were faulty and had to be re sent lashed year in the presidential race. It's a mess and attempts to reform it have been very difficult because the status quo favors everybody if you're Republican or a Democrat, and they seem to populate the state Legislature Are there calls now finance for real reform? There are calls now. I wouldn't say finally because it's been going on for a long time. And it may go on into the future. But yes, this may be the defining moment for changes to the system. I know this is up in here, but when do you expect final results here? Well. The final results will come when the absentee ballots are counted next week at the latest, that will be July 12th there 125,000 absentee ballots and they will be decisive in this Grace Bloomberg reporter Henry Goldman. Thank you. We appreciate it. Thank you. The oldest church bells in the U. S hang inside of Boston's Old North Church and on Independence Day, members of a Bell Ringing guild will pull their ropes. Here's W B U. R S Andrea Shea with a preview. Narrow, creaky wooden steps Wind up to the old North Church is ringing room where four members of the MIT Guild of Bell Ringers have gathered for a session. They've come from around Boston to pull on the eight ropes that dangle from holes in the ceiling. There's one for each mammoth bell hanging up in the Belfry. Here we go. Each ringer is in control of one bell. And so in order to bring anything, there is an element of teamwork where each ringer needs to ring their bell in the right.