Ballots will no longer be impounded in Watertown mayoral race

Ballots will no longer be impounded in Watertown mayoral race
Allison Crossman (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The ballots cast in the race for Watertown city mayor will no longer be secured by a law enforcement official.

Candidate Allison Crossman told 7 News Friday that she has asked her lawyer to withdraw the request for impoundment.

Crossman, who was among three candidates vying for Watertown mayor, said the results of the race were clear and she doesn't want to hold up the process of certifying the election.

State Supreme Court Judge James McClusky, acting on a request by Crossman’s attorney, signed an order to impound the ballots election night.

Jeff Smith is the unofficial winner of the mayoral race.

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

Jefferson County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Babette Hall said she and her Republican counterpart had to turn over their keys to a sheriff's deputy under the impoundment.

She said withdrawing the impoundment will expedite work at the board of elections.

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