Absentee ballots leave results unchanged

November 12, 2006|By Larry Carson

Absentee ballots counted late last week apparently left the results of Tuesday's elections unchanged, although Republican county executive candidate Christopher J. Merdon did gain some ground on Democrat Ken Ulman.

According to a county elections board tally of 10,099 ballots completed Friday afternoon, Merdon gained 1,650 votes on Ulman, which still left him more than 8,000 votes behind the Democrat. Merdon conceded his loss Wednesday.

In the nonpartisan school board election, Janet Siddiqui, who finished sixth, gained 78 votes on fifth-place finisher Ellen Flynn Giles, although Giles is still more than 1,200 votes ahead. The five top finishers for school board win seats, though the person in fifth place must run again in two years for a full, four-year term.

In the District 13 state Senate race, incumbent Republican Sandra B. Schrader gained 269 votes on County Executive James N. Robey, the Democrat, but he remained more than 5,000 votes ahead.

The board will count 2,271 provisional and overseas ballots starting Monday, and is to certify the results Friday.

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