Absentee Count Continues After Tuesday's Election


They're counting absentees in Rensselaer County, and will start tallying them up in Saratoga County later Tuesday morning.  

But, a move by the Saratoga Springs City Council to spend $5 thousand to hire an attorney to watch over the process didn't get a lot of support from residents on Monday. 

At stake is the city's form of government. 

A charter referendum is split by less than 50 votes. 

Bob Turner heads up the charter review commission, and doesn't think this is a good move.

“I’m really concerned that they’re using tax payer dollars to advance their own personal and political interests in this process.”

The city's Accounts Commissioner, John Franck, says he just wants to make sure everything is on the up and up.

“And we had somebody who could report back to the city council, to tell them how the vote went, and what attorneys were there trying to have votes stopped, I don’t want votes stopped, I want them all counted.”

Nonetheless, council members unanimously approved the expenditure.

That wasn’t seen as a popular move, and outgoing Mayor Joanne Yepsen says all but unprecedented.

“”And in fact the State Board of Elections told me that in his 17 years he’s never seen a city hire an attorney for this purpose.”

Meanwhile, counting is underway, slowly, in Rensselaer County. 

About 270 ballots from North Greenbush were tallied up on Monday. 

Republican Steve McLaughlin has declared victory in the County Executive's race, but his opponent, Andrea Smyth, is waiting until the absentee ballots are tallied up.

“We’re really pleased with the support that we’re getting, I get personal messages from people who have votes by absentee ballot, and they really do feel strongly that their vote should be counted.”

Word is officials will look at absentee ballots from Troy Tuesday.

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