Some of you may have heard a rumor, about the status of the race in the 156th District. We are pleased to report that we have an unexpected update to the outcome.
On Election Day, Carolyn’s votes were 78 fewer than her opponent. There were some ballots cast which we knew had not been counted, which is why Carolyn didn’t concede the race.
On Monday we reviewed the 107 Provisional ballots, (ballots cast on Election Day if a voter was not found on the list of voters, but believed they should be eligible to vote). The Provisional Ballot Board rejected over 80 ballots, but we challenged that determination, hoping to allow every vote to count. There were also Military/Overseas ballots which had an extended deadline to be received by Voter Services on 11/15.
Today we reviewed and counted these ballots, and as of today, Carolyn’s votes are +18.
There will be a hearing on Tuesday, 11/22, at 9:30am to allow the Election Board to hear our argument on why each of those Provisional ballots should be counted. After the outcome of that hearing, we will know what the vote count will be.
We feel cautiously optimistic that the outcome will be in our favor.
Carolyn wanted me to express her gratitude to all of you, for all your help and support. Watch this space as we learn more in the next few days. We promise to report out to you, what the final determination of these ballots will be on Tuesday and if there is any further action to be taken.
Campaign Manager Friends of Carolyn Comitta