Absentee ballot counting process


ALBANY, NY – If you’re still anxiously waiting for a local race to be called in New York, chances are that the results are reliant on the outcome of absentee ballots.

So far more than 1.5 million absentee ballots have been returned to local boards of elections.

NewsChannel 34’s Corina Cappabianca takes us through the process of how they’re counted.

((John Conklin, NYSBOE Spokesperson)) New York wasn’t necessarily considered a battleground state for the presidential contest, but certainly for the House of Representatives there were a number of battleground races on Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, in Central New York.

Those races, in addition to some State Assembly and Senate races are being closely watched.

((John Conklin, NYSBOE Spokesperson)) All the things that we’re doing in preparation for the beginning of the absentee count impacts how long it will take for the results to be known for all of those different contests.

First local boards need to send a notice to local candidates and party leaders saying when they will start to count the ballots so they can send representatives to observe the process and possibly make objections.

The second part requires the state board to do a comparison among all 62 jurisdictions in the state among absentee ballots and affidavit ballots to make sure that no one voted in more than one place.

((John Conklin, NYSBOE Spokesperson)) The Governor issued an executive order before the election requiring the boards to speed up the process of when they make their affidavit information available. They were supposed to have it to us by last night at nine o’clock within 48 hours of the, the close of the polls on Tuesday.

Due to the new in-state transfer rule about affidavits, there are a lot more of those than in the past, which is making the process take a little longer.

((John Conklin, NYSBOE Spokesperson)) Not every board has completed and sent that information to us yet. So once we have that, then we can begin the process of the cross-jurisdiction comparison and when we complete that, then the boards, at any point after that could start counting their absentee and affidavit balance.

It’s possible that some could start today.

Absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day can continue to come in through the 10th to be counted.

And, Military and overseas ballots can come in through the 16th.

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