After Thursday’s recount in the Canajohari supervisor race, Republican Benny Goldstein is still Democrat Ronald O. Four votes ahead of Dievendorf – for now. But in the manual recount, officials discovered exactly four ballots, which voters filled in the “O” of Diewendorf’s middle initial instead of filling the bubble.
Now, a judge will decide whether those four votes should count. If a judge feels they should count, the race will be equal to 342 votes. In the event of a tie, a four-person town council can determine the result, according to the Montgomery County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioners. Terry A. Bionic. He said the council can either choose a candidate or choose someone else. Whoever is elected will only serve until a special vote is held on Election Day 2022. There was no immediate timeline as to when the case would go before the judge, Bionic said.
“It comes down to the intention of the voter,” said Bionic. “Because he circled the little “o”, I believe that personally, he intended to vote for Ronald Diewendorff.”
However, the county’s Republican commissioner, Terence J. Smith said ballots have inconsistent markings that make it difficult to determine voter intent. He said it would be one thing to fill in the bubble with an “X,” but that filling in the middle initial, when the voter successfully filled in the bubble elsewhere on the ballot, pointed to discrepancies.
“They may mark it with an X,” Smith said. “For me it is the intention of the voter. But when they do place a mark in the other candidates’ ovals, it is not marked in a consistent fashion. ,
Diewendorf said that his middle name is Owen, his father’s name, and that he never thought twice about including the initials of his middle name on the ballot.
“That’s how I legally sign my name,” Diewendorff said.
Rodney Young, the current acting city supervisor, declined to speculate on how a city council vote deciding the race might go, but said he would continue as acting supervisor for another year. were ready for Young also acknowledged the unusualness of the situation, even laughing a little while speaking.
“It’s kind of unprecedented,” he said. “I never knew about a situation like this before. Let’s wait and see what happens and let the process go through. But it’s quite unique. That’s the democratic process out there. It brings me back to Bush v. Gore.” takes into.”
The city observer race has been a national dynamic from the start. It featured a city newcomer in Goldstein, who makes his money in real estate and is one of Israel’s “elder brotherr” reality TV program portraying his loyalty to former President Donald Trump in a campaign against the two-time village mayor in Divendorf, a Democrat who campaigned on his past political experience.
Young said party affiliation is likely to play in the race, but “to what extent here, I do not know.”
According to the Montgomery County Board of Elections, the city of Canajohari has 2,419 registered Republicans compared to 1,493 registered Democrats. Voters have mixed their allegiances outside polling on Election Day. Divendorf’s path to victory was partly dependent on citizens such as Akers, 68, who wore a Trump hat to vote but said he went for Diewendorf regardless of party affiliation because he knows Diewendorf and thinks he is “too sharp”.
“I knew Ron all my life,” Akers said. “He has more experience.”
But other voters, such as daughter and mother Diane and Ann McMahon, said they followed the Republican Party line.
“I’m going for the new guy,” said Diane McMahon. “It seems, although he’s not from here, he has some good ideas.”
On Thursday, Goldstein said he was on pins and needles.
“Hey, I can’t sleep. I’m stressed. I’m in limbo. And I don’t like being in limbo,” said Goldstein, who is from Israel and fled unsuccessfully National legislative body of Israel in 2013 and 2015, “My stress level is through the roof.”
Diewendorf said he likes his chances on the courts.
“As [Bieniek] Explained to me, it was clear that the voters who made those marks with my name intended to vote for me,” he said.
Goldstein considered sharing the position of supervisor, with Goldstein serving two years with Diewendorf as his deputy and then reversing roles for the next two years. But the idea is a nonstarter with Diewendorff.
“That’s not going to happen,” he said.
Andrew Waite can be reached here [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.
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