Herkimer County BOE denies request for recount in judge race

After losing the Herkimer County family court judge race by just five votes, candidate Mark Rose asked the board of elections for a recount.

Posted: Jul 23, 2020 6:04 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. – After losing the Herkimer County family court judge race by just five votes, candidate Mark Rose asked the board of elections for a recount.

The BOE has denied Rose’s request, releasing the following statement:

The Herkimer County Board of Elections is dedicated to preserving the right to vote and adhering to the policies and procedures prescribed in New York State Election Law. We have consulted with the State Board of Elections and our legal counsel and believe procedures were followed properly.

The Commissioners are confident in the accuracy of the voting systems and final outcome. A candidate may seek further options and recourse within the judicial system.

Rose and opponent Thad Luke were originally tied, and then Luke was declared the winner after 31 additional absentee ballots were found in the county.

Rose released a statement in response, saying, “After newly found opened ballots there remains a statistical tie.  Despite this, I am not surprised that they failed to act. This is another black-eye given to the voters of Herkimer County.”

It is not clear if Rose plans to take legal action to allow a recount.

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