SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Although Election Day has passed about over a week ago, the Onondaga County elections have yet to conclude and it doesn’t seem the results will be finalized anytime soon. The Onondaga County Clerk race between Democrat Emily Essi and incumbent Republican Lisa Dell is still ongoing with recounts beginning today. Essi leads the race by an unofficial 83 votes. However, according to Dustin Czarny , a democratic Elections Commissioner for the Onondaga County Board of Elections, the race can shift.
Czarny says regarding the recounts, “We’re finding out today, so like literally in the next room, we’re scanning about 1,500 absentee and affidavit ballots that came in after Election Day that were valid and so that lead total is going to change later today.”
As for the workers at the polls, it seems they’ll have their hands tied with the absentee ballot collecting over the next few weeks. There are an estimated 90,000 ballots that need to be hand-counted with the results hopefully being confirmed by mid-December, according to Czarny.