Ballots will be impounded in Watertown mayoral race

Ballots will be impounded in Watertown mayoral race

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The ballots cast in the race for Watertown city mayor will be impounded.

State Supreme Court Judge James McClusky, acting on a request by candidate Allison Crossman's attorney, signed an order to impound the ballots Tuesday evening.

"We want to preserve the court's right to review any determinations by the board because sometimes the boards centrally do make mistakes," said Crossman's lawyer John Ciampoli earlier in the day.

The ballots will be secured by law enforcement.

"We had an election commissioner that publicly stated that he unabashedly supports one of my opponents and I think when you have someone who is put in charge of running an honest election, that's a scary proposition to bring forward. So we want to make sure that all ballots are counted, that everyone's voice is heard through their voting, and that, again, it is a fair and honest election," said Crossman earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Jeff Smith is the unofficial winner of the mayoral race.

With all precincts reporting, Smith received 1,653 votes to Crossman’s 1,325 votes and Cody Horbacz’s 1,271.

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