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November 8, 2012

2 Delaware races won't be decided until next week

Absentee ballots that could settle two elections in Delaware County won’t be counted until at least Tuesday, an official with the county Board of Elections said Wednesday.

In the first race, for county court, Judge Carl Becker led challenger Gary Rosa by just 175 votes out of 16,495 cast, or 8,335 to 8,160.

Republican election commissioner William Campbell said that the board sent out 1,717 absentee ballots, and that, as of Wednesday morning, 1,473 of those ballots had been returned.

Campbell said the county would have an unofficial count Tuesday. However, the official result may be delayed until Nov. 19, he said, because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Election Day executive order that allowed affidavit voting throughout the state.

The other undecided election was for the Town Council in Colchester, where a single vote separated Republican Gilbert Close and Democrat Bonnie Seegmiller. When the votes cast at polling places were tallied Tuesday night, Close led Seegmiller, 398 to 397.

One hundred absentee ballots were sent out, and 87 were returned to the Board of Elections, Campbell said.

Those absentee ballots will be counted Tuesday, he said.

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