Recount in Watertown mayoral primary is unlikely

Updated: Jul. 11, 2019 at 3:44 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Cody Horbacz and Allison Crossman are tied for second place in the primary for Watertown mayor behind top vote-getter Jeff Smith.

Horbacz wants a recount. So does Mayor Joe Butler and Jefferson County Legislature Chair Scott Gray.

The Watertown City Council is expected to call for a recount. But state election law says there has to be evidence the voting machines were wrong.

County election officials say one thing they’re sure of - the vote on Primary day was accurate.

“We’ve gone over it with the re-canvas of the machine tapes, we’ve gone over our re-canvas after, and counting everything together all the votes tally. Everything matches,” said Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner Babette Hall.

“We’re not avoiding a hand recount. We’re just saying the law allows us to take that step if their was something to investigate. We have nothing to investigate,” said Republican Board of Elections Commissioner Jude Seymour.

There’s also a court case from a few years ago which backs up the idea that there has to be some strong reason to believe the vote numbers would change in order for there to be a recount.

So here’s the bottom line: no recount is likely and someone still has to sue to get this election in front of a judge.

Meanwhile, both elections commissioners say the ballots are sealed and behind a double locked door - a door that needs codes from each of them in order to to open it up.

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