Written by Katie Piacentini Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
Despite the fact that the Revival Party picked up additional votes in the recount, the Environment Party emerged as the winner of the June 15 Manorhaven Election after the re-canvass of votes was completed last week. The Nassau County Board of Elections conducted the recount over a two-day period, with votes for Giovanna Giunta recounted on Wednesday, June 23 and votes for Mark Lazarovic and Dorit Zeevi-Farrington recounted on Thursday, June 24.
According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, the results showed that Mayoral Candidate Giovanna Giunta received 394 votes, while Trustee Candidates Mark Lazarovic and Dorit Zeevi-Farrington received 337 and 324 votes, respectively. Incumbent Mayor Mike Meehan of the Environment Party received 452 votes, incumbent Trustee Brendan Fahey received 433 votes, and Trustee Candidate Patrick Gibson received 441 votes. The first canvass that was completed by the village had tallied the votes for the Revival Party at 375 for Giovanna Giunta, 320 for Mark Lazarovic, and 285 for Dorit Zeevi-Farrington.
Board of Election officials who were present at the recount included Thomas Garry, John Ryan, Lauren Doolin, and Matt Kiernan. The recount began by removing the paper rolls from the voting machines, which had been locked up in a vault at the Board of Elections office. The Board of Election officials rolled out the paper rolls carefully and counted all of the write-in votes again. Additional votes were calculated due to “voter intent.” For example, votes for just “Giunta” without a first name were not accepted by the village, while the Nassau County Board of Elections said that since Giovanna Giunta had been campaigning for several weeks, it was clear that the voter intended to vote for Giovanna Giunta; not another person in the community whose last name is Giunta. Write-in votes that were not counted included votes for just a first name, votes for “Row B,” and votes for all three Revival Party Candidates in one slot. The Board of Elections referred to these votes as “no votes.”
The Revival Party said that there is still a discrepancy between the total number of votes that were counted and the public counter of the voting machines. They said that the mechanics of the machines’ slots were repeatedly jammed, making it impossible for voters to open the slot and do a write-in vote. As a result, the Revival Party said that many of these voters left the machine without voting, which created a higher public counter on the voting machines than votes. They said that they have been collecting affidavits from people in Manorhaven who experienced problems with the machines.
Since the Nassau County Board of Elections sent the re-canvass to the village last Friday, the results of the recount are now official with the Village of Manorhaven. The annual organizational meeting for Manorhaven will be held this month at Village Hall.