ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Even though Election Day was last week, not all of the votes were in. The Albany County Board of Elections still had to wait for absentee and affidavit ballots to come in through the mail.
On Tuesday those votes are being counted and they’re taking their time, since some races are separated by just a handful of votes. It’s a slow but very thorough process, and that’s because the Board of Elections are individually counting every single one of the paper absentee ballots. That might not sound like a hard job, but there are more than 1,000 of them to count.
More than 700 absentee ballots are being counted to determine if proposition 1 in Albany will pass or fail. The proposal is to increase taxes in order to rebuild and renovate Albany High School. And after last week’s elections the yes and no counts were separated by only ten votes, and the result will be determined by the absentee and affidavit ballots.
The same goes for the town of Bethlehem supervisor. That election was close as well, with incumbent John Claims in leading challenger Jim Foster by just 41 votes.
Those counting the ballots Tuesday must go through each vote individually with each party giving the opportunity to challenge or approve the vote.
A challenge can come from something like a wrong mark, signature, or time stamp. If a vote is challenged it goes to the commissioners who make the ultimate ruling. But if the commissioners can’t agree, that individual ballot can go to court.