Board of Elections to review council races, absentee ballots

Published Nov 14, 2017 at 4:00pm

Teams from the county Board of Elections will review the results of the Common Council elections Wednesday morning, including counting absentee ballots. They will start with the two extremely close elections in the First and Fourth Wards, according to Democratic Commissioner Jordan S. Karp.

Election Day was Nov. 7. Absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Nov. 6 and must be received by the Board of Elections by today. The re-canvassing and counting starts Wednesday. That includes counting affidavits, cases where voters who should have been able to vote at polling locations on Election Day had discrepancies in their registration information so they had to fill out additional paperwork.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday a bipartisan team at the Board of Elections will review the Fourth Ward council election. Once the polls had closed on the night of the election, Ramona L. Smith, a Democrat seeking to win the seat she occupied for six terms through 2015, held a slim lead on incumbent Republican Sharie Fiorini-Parsons — 319 to 313. The county has received 26 absentee ballots to be counted, Karp said.

The board’s team will then move on to the First Ward council race, where Democratic challenger Cam T. Tien leads 301 to 278 over Republican incumbent Lori A. Trifeletti in unofficial results. There are 25 absentee ballots to be counted in this race.

The other races will also be reviewed, though the other two contested races were not so close that absentee ballots should have any effect. Third Ward incumbent Republican Kimberly A. Rogers, defeated Sheri L. LaGreco by a count of 418 to 194 with 28 absentee ballots to be counted. In the Seventh Ward, Republican A. Robert Tracy leads incumbent Democrat Bruce R. Carpenter 492 to 444 in unofficial results with 41 absentees to be counted.

Three incumbent Republicans were unopposed in their reelection bids: John B. Mortise of the Second Ward, Frank R. Anderson of the Fifth Ward and Riccardo D. Dursi Jr. of the Sixth Ward.

The council seats carry two-year terms.

The Board of Elections’ deadline for certifying the election results is Dec. 6. The board should have final unofficial results before Thanksgiving, possibly early in the week.