Machines in at least three election districts broke down Tuesday leading to uncounted votes and unfinished business for candidates in the race for District 2 county legislator and for the contest for two town board seats. Bedford GOP Chairman Don Scott said that he knew of two districts in Bedford and one in Mt. Kisco that reported problems with their machines. Bruce Yablon, chair of the Bedford Democratic Committee, said there were uncounted votes in four election districts in Bedford.
The Westchester County Board of Elections results have not changed since Tuesday night, and show the incumbent Peter Harckham, the Democratic incumbent for District 2 county legislator, leading over Repulican challenger Peter Michaelis with 54 percent of the vote, with 42 of 52 districts reporting.
Democrats Chris Burdick and David Gabrielson appear to have a healthy lead over Republican Luke Vander Linden in retaining their seats on the town board. Burdick and Gabrielson obtained 41 percent and 31 percent of the vote, respectively, with 13 of 18 districts reporting.
Neither Republican candidate has made a concession in their respective race and last night both said that too many votes were outstanding to make a decision. While that may change over the next several hours or days, it’s certain that issues with the voting machines caused their state of limbo.
“We’ve been through two elections and a primary with these machines and there are issues that have to be looked at,” said Scott. “Its frustrating for the candidates, it’s caused elections inspectors to quit their jobs and it will cause people [voters] to lose faith in the system.”