ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Affidavit and absentee paper ballots for the 2019 elections were counted Thursday afternoon by Monroe County Board of Elections officials.
Over 53,000 ballots were counted — which will be added to the total votes from the general Nov. 5 election earlier this month.
More info: Full 2019 elections results
The numbers impacted the outcome of eight county races that were close after election day.
Ahead of the absentee ballot counting, it was a close race for the 13th district seat in the Monore County Legislature. Democrat Michael Yudelson held the lead by only 45 votes after the Nov. 5 election.
Yudelson was challenged by republican Matthew Borkowski and ultimately kept the lead after final numbers were in.
Yudelson received 131 votes on Thursday, Borkowski walked away with 105 absentee and affidavit votes.
Both candidates for the seat were watching counting closely, as the outcome had an impact on the county democratic-republican makeup.
“My opponent would have had to take a real good majority of the absentee and I’m actually pleased to see that we increased the margin through the county absentee ballots. So it was a little nerve-wracking but glad to have it over,” said Michael Yudelson, County Legislature for 13th district Monroe County.
“I think that even though there’s still a difference of one that this was clearly a message from the voters that they wanted something different,” said Yudelson.
Other close races were finalized on Thursday.
Pittsford Town council turned democrat, with two seats being filled by Dem. candidates. The seat for Rush Town Supervisor was also close, with democrat Gerry Kusse winning by just 1 vote.
Commissioners say town races were closer than they’ve seen in previous years.
“In local years when you have two over two hundred candidates and 105 offices up for election, there’s bound to be a half dozen close races in the odd number years. Even number years with higher turn out presidential and governor they seem to separate the offices a little bit,” said Douglas French, Commissioner with the Monroe County board of Elections.
The full results can be found below.