Onondaga County to recount first votes after uncovering human error

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Onondaga County will recount all votes cast during the nine-day advance voting period in October after finding that 802 ballots were not counted in the final results.

The uncounted ballots could affect a dozen close races in Manlius and other eastern suburbs of Syracuse, said Dustin Czarny, Onondaga County Election Commissioner.

A total of 9,721 Onondaga County residents voted Oct. 23-31 at six early voting sites in the county. The votes were included in the polling day totals reported on November 2.

But a new routine survey this week found that 802 of the first ballots were not counted in the unofficial election night results because election officials made a mistake when they shut down the scanning machines. at the end of the day, Czarny said.

The errors occurred on two different days at the early voting site at DeWitt town hall, he said, and one day at the Armond Magnarelli Community Center in Syracuse.

Czarny said the reconsideration process this week detected the errors, which showed that no votes were recorded on three different days on the voting sites. A manual check revealed that 802 ballots had been scanned on those days. These paper ballots remain in the secure and bipartisan custody of the Elections Council.

“All physical ballots are counted,” Czarny said. “There is no shortage of them. This is what recanvass is designed for: detecting human error and correcting it. “

After consulting with the New York State Council of Elections, the county decided that the most accurate way to correct the count would be to recount the 9,721 ballots submitted during the early voting period, Czarny said.

The count, overseen by a bipartisan team from the Onondaga County Electoral Council, is due to begin at 9 a.m. on Friday. Election officials plan to work through the weekend to complete the process.

Even then, the winners of around 12 close election races might not be known until the count of the mail-in ballots on Tuesday, Czarny said. Elections that fall within the postal ballot range include those for Manlius Town Supervisor, City Council, County Legislature and City Justice.

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