ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Van White, one of the candidates in the Democratic primary for Monroe County Court Judge, is suing over the election recount.
White filed the lawsuit and requested another recount. He was one of four candidates for three slots on the general ballot.
White finished in fourth place, but by less than half a percentage point.
When the tallies are that close, state law mandates a manual recount, but White says when he went to observe the recount at the Monroe County Board of Elections, he says he noticed no one was examining ballots by hand to make sure votes were recorded properly.
“When I went to observe the recount I found that it was a computer counting the votes and New York state law is clear — it requires a hand manual recount,” White said. “There are nuances in how people fill out ballots that computers can’t necessarily pick up.”
Officials from the Monroe County Board of Elections have not immediately returned a request for comment.
The seven primary races being recounted include:
- Monroe County Court (Democratic)
- Monroe County Court (Working Families Party)
- Legislative District 16 (Working Families Party)
- Legislative District 24 (Democratic)
- Hamlin Town Council (Republican)
- Pittsford Town Justice (Working Families Party)
- Rush Supervisor (Conservative)