Now it’s up to the lawyers. Voting machines throughout Westchester County have been impounded by a state Supreme Court justice so ballots won’t be counted until next week, election officials said Wednesday. And in some county legislative races, it’s still unclear who is leading because the county Board of Elections hasn’t posted results from all the voting districts.
The machines and ballots, which include 3,245 affidavits, are under “lockdown” and therefore cannot be tallied, said Reginald LaFayette, Democratic election commissioner. “Until we all get it sorted out, we’re not giving out any information,” he said Wednesday.
LaFayette and Republican Commissioner Doug Colety said any number of factors contributed to the delays, including poll inspectors not reporting results, broken machines and poll workers and voters adjusting to the new machines. Several county legislative races remain close, including District 3, where Legislator John Nonna, D-Pleasantville, holds a 50-vote lead over Republican Michael Smith.