The Queens District Attorney Race Has Turned Into a Battle About Which Votes Count (Mother Jones)
Mother Jones, July 10, 2019
The Queens District Attorney Race Has Turned Into a Battle About Which Votes Count
The 20-vote margin was so small it triggered an automatic recount, which is expected to begin Wednesday or Thursday and could take at least 10 days to complete. Elections officials will manually review about 91,000 ballots to see if the scanners missed anything. During the recount, officials can include the votes even for ballots that weren’t filled in correctly as long as the intention of the voter is clear—like if they put an X or a check mark next to the oval, or if they drew a circle around a candidate’s name. With such a small gap between Katz and Cabán, the results could easily flip again, says Sarah Steiner, an election lawyer and former chair of the New York City Bar Association‘s election law committee. “The hand recount is always different from the scanner count,” she says.