As many as 10,000 outstanding ballots will begin being counted today in the Westchester County Senate race that is one of the three undecided races in the state Senate.
Democratic Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer, D-Mamaroneck, had a 504-vote lead over Republican Bob Cohen after the initial vote count.
Austin Shafran, spokesman for Senate Democrats, said a judge today lifted the order that had prevented some ballots from being counted. Today, the counting is slated to begin on regular ballots that were not counted on Election Day, and on Friday the emergency ballots—the affidavit ballots filled out by voters at the polls—will begin being counted. On Tuesday, absentee ballots will begin being counted.
Then a week from today, the county Board of Elections will do its audit of three percent of the machines to see if there were any problems with the overall count.
Shafran said Democrats are confident Oppenheimer will be declared the winner. Republicans, however, have indicated that they too are hopeful they can win the seat.
Updated: Shafran just called back to say that after a count of the ballot marking devices, which were used by disabled voters and also some other voters because of problems at the polls, Oppenheimer’s lead is up to 626 votes—a 122-vote gain.