LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The ballot bags have been opened and although the Republican line is no longer in doubt, the Conservative line could potentially change with there being three affidavit ballots unopened.
Three conservative party ballots were accepted by Livingston County Board of Election officials, along with representatives from the Livingston county Sheriff candidates along with 28 Republican ballots.
According to the Livingston County Board of Election officials, the Republican Candidate affidavit ballots are not enough to offset the current lead by candidate Dougherty.
With the Republican line secured the only option for Szczesniak to make it through to the November election is to win the Conservative line, which he currently holds a 159-158 lead.
An affidavit ballot is placed when a voter attempts to vote at a polling station but there is a discrepancy in their registration. Their vote is cast at the polling location, but not counted in the initial results. At a later date the Board of Elections open the ballots to rule on it’s validity.
The Board of Elections is scheduled to open the three affidavit ballots tomorrow.
Depending on Party officials and lawyers, there is a potential for challenges to the validity of the election after 59 votes that should have been cast on the Republican line, were accidentally counted towards the Conservative party line.
The cost of another election is estimated to be $30,000. If it was a Conservative party only vote, it would cost approximately $115 per each party voter.