Capital Region counties near finish line on absentee ballot counts

Melissa Kermani of Delmar, left, and Barbara Gaffuri of Albany count mail-in ballots at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany on Thursday. (Peter R. Barber/Staff Photographer)
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Melissa Kermani of Delmar, left, and Barbara Gaffuri of Albany count mail-in ballots at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany on Thursday. (Peter R. Barber/Staff Photographer)

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Capital Region counties are nearing the finish line of counting ballots in this year’s election as most local county elections offices expect to finish certifying results before or shortly after Thanksgiving.

Schoharie County already completed its count and sent certified results to state officials earlier this week, posting final results online, but most other counties are still in the process of finalizing results.

After Election Day results poured in over two weeks ago, county elections officials started the gradual process of counting absentee, provisional and absentee ballots, which can face challenges from campaigns and other observers.

In Montgomery County, a judge is scheduled next week to rule on about 200 contested ballots there, said Terry Bieniek, a county elections commissioner. The county has counted all its ballots but is waiting to get word from the judge on how to resolve the outstanding questions. He said he hoped to have certified results to the state by early December. The ongoing litigation over the state Senate race between Republican Rich Amedure and Democrat Michelle Hinchey is also impacting the count in Schenectady County.

“We will see what she has to say,” Bieniek said of the judge.

Schenectady County spokesperson Erin Roberts on Tuesday said counting was ongoing in the county and that elections officials hoped to certify results by Nov. 25, but a final finish date was dependent on how the litigation played out. The county received over 13,500 absentee ballots this election. Saratoga County was also finalizing ballot counts and results this week and hoped to submit certified results to the state next week.

Albany County expected to wrap up its count Thursday, county elections commissioner Matthew Clyne said Thursday, and planned to certify and submit final results to state officials sometime next week.

“The counting itself will be concluded,” Clyne said.

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