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Voters Await Absentee Results

Terms of recount process goes to court

Three Nassau County Legislative Districts are up for recount in a post-election day drama, one that will determine control of the legislature itself.

In the 18th LD, County Legislature candidates Republican Robert Germino and Democrat Delia DeRiggi-Whitton were within 37 votes of each other after election night, creating one of two close LD races that could tip the balance of power in the currently Republican controlled Legislature if Democrats end up winning both the 18th and 14th districts. The 14th LD recount involves incumbent Joseph Belesi and his challenger, Eva Pearson. In that race, Belesi’s lead is also a matter of dozens of votes.

Last week, Board of Election commissioners told Anton Community Newspapers that they hoped to begin counting hundreds of absentee ballots, emergency ballots and affidavits, with each district taking a few days, they hoped. It looked like the 3rd LD would also be part of the process, where longtime Republican Legislator John Ciotti was ousted in a surprise upset.

The process of a recount ended up in court, first as a matter of course - as both party committees routinely sue the Board of Elections to impound all voting machines – and second, as the conditions of a recount were in question, with Republicans arguing against the legality of Democrat requests to copy ledgers.

As of this printing, no decision was available from the court as to how the recount would proceed.

Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Louis G. Savinetti told Anton Community Newspapers that his party went into court “asking for an order directing both sides.”

“We do now have a finished universe of absentee ballots now that need to be counted, and we have a universe of affidavits. We are also researching and checking for things like unscanned emergency ballots in the machines. We have a hope to start actually counting at the end of the week,” Democratic Commissioner William T. Biamonte added.