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Ball-Wagner Race: Many Votes Still Unavailable

Unofficial numbers suggest a 4,000-vote lead for the incumbent.

Results from the 15 percent of Westchester County districts not reporting results in the race for District 40 of the New York State Senate will be available Nov. 15, elections officials say.

Across the board, Greg Ball's (R, C, I) lead over Justin Wagner (D, Working Families) appears to be about 4,000 votes. The incumbent declared himself the winner late Tuesday, while Wagner's camp said they are waiting for official numbers. Read their full statements here.

The Westchester Board of Elections has frozen its results—which show a varying number of districts reporting for a range of matchups—as workers recanvass the votes. The organization's website shows Wagner with 36,334 votes (52 percent) and Ball with 33,328 (48 percent).

The district covers parts of Dutchess and Putnam too, where unofficial results show Ball with a majority of votes: 5,161 (61.382 percent) and 14,741 (60.271 percent), respectively. Wagner took 3,243 (38.570 percent) and 9,704 (39.676), respectively.

When asked for an estimate of the number of votes missing in the 15 percent of districts not reporting, a staff member at the Westchester BOE was unable to provide a figure. Because the machines in those districts experienced issues, officials cannot determine how many votes were issued until the recount is complete,  she said.

Janis Castaldi November 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Its amazing that BOE both in Rockland and Westchester have not posted the final results. When will that happen. In may race only 62% of the votes reported in Rockland and 82% in Westchetser
Tom Betz November 09, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Ball has definitely jumped the gun claiming victory. But what do you expect of a Republican who was afraid to say he was a Republican in any of his advertising? He should pay for such dishonesty.

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