Just one vote is currently the difference between the second winner of the Independence line on ballots for the November general election after the Colonie Town Justice primary that was held on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
The results, though still unofficial, came in late Tuesday, showing Democrat Stanley Segal in the lead with 146 votes. Behind him were Republican Andrew Sommers with 105 votes, Frederick Altman with 104 votes and Norman Massry with 86 votes. Voters could choose two candidates out of four in the primary election, while two will be elected, ultimately, to fill the two open seats in November.
A recount will be completed on Friday, Sept. 18 at Memorial Town Hall, after which point results will still be unofficial until all absentee ballots have come in. According to Albany County Board of Elections Commissioner John Graziano, of the 20 absentee ballots that were sent out, ten have been returned as of Thursday, Sept. 17.
Absentee ballots will not be opened until Wednesday, Sept. 23, after The Spotlight goes to print, Graziano said, because the Board of Elections must wait seven days after the primary to open them.
On Tuesday, there was a glitch in some of the ballots, Graziano said. Particularly, the ballots that were voted on using the electronic machines asked that voters choose one candidate instead of two for the Independence line. Graziano said this situation was corrected immediately though.
When asked whether the recount would likely have a great effect on the results, Graziano said, If it goes to trend it will be very, very close again. Graziano said the results of the absentee ballots will most likely change the results of the election more than the recount.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, Albany County Independence Party Chairman and Vice-Chair of the state Independence Party Paul Caputo said the party was pleased that so many people came out to participate in the election.