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November 7, 2013

Clinton County has more than 1,100 absentee ballots to count

PLATTSBURGH — More than 1,100 absentee ballots remain to be counted in Clinton County, which could affect the outcome of some races.

County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Greg Campbell said that 1,133 absentee ballots had been received as of Wednesday, the day after the election.

The board can accept ballots up until a week after Election Day, if they are postmarked by Nov. 5.

“We might get a few more this week that are postmarked on Election Day but probably won’t get too many,” Campbell said.

The board is also busy collecting affidavit ballots from the voting machines at each district in the county.

Affidavits are given to voters who show up at the polls if there is discrepancy as to their registration.

“They might have moved and not realized where they were supposed to vote, so we give them an affidavit ballot and send them to the place they are supposed to be,” Campbell explained.

He did not know Wednesday how many affidavit ballots remain to be counted.

AWAITING MILITARY VOTES

Also, the board has until 13 days after the election to receive military ballots that are postmarked by Election Day. There were 45 military ballots issued, and only 12 had been received as of Wednesday, Campbell said.

Because of the longer deadline for military ballots, Campbell and Democratic Commissioner Susan Castine have decided to wait to open all ballots on Monday, Nov. 18.

“We want to do it all at once so we don’t have to do a count and then do another one when the military deadline hits,” Campbell said.

“It might take a day or two, but we will get it all done at once.”

Castine said the number of absentee ballots countywide was about normal.

“We didn’t have to order any more than usual this year,” she said.

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