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Too close to call: Hamburg race for supervisor

Counting of absentee ballots to begin Nov. 18

Unofficial vote totals have incumbent Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters leading challenger Walter Rooth III by a margin of 158 votes. At the present time, the Erie County Board of Elections has received 461 absentee ballots, which remain to be counted.

The board cannot begin tabulating those votes for 13 days after the election. This delay in counting is to allow for the receipt of military and overseas votes not already received by the board. In addition, other ballots may have been cast and not yet counted, due to procedural difficulties at the polling places; these will also be counted on the 18th.

Board of Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said that the counting will likely begin on Monday, Nov. 18 and should not take more than a day or two. He added that both parties will be advised of the time that the counting will begin and are invited to attend or send representatives.

When questioned about a potential re-count of the final vote totals, Mohr advised that the Erie County Board of Elections does a “re-canvass” of all elections, no matter the vote count.

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