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Nov 17, 2011 10:48 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Absentee Ballots In East Hampton And Southampton Towns Will Be Counted Friday

Nov 17, 2011 10:48 AM

The tallying of hundreds of absentee ballots that could potentially change the results of narrowly won East Hampton and Southampton town races will begin on Friday at around 10 a.m., according to the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

According to an official in BOE Republican Commissioner Wayne T. Rogers’s office, the count, which officials had originally planned for Thursday has been pushed off to Friday.

In East Hampton Town, the race for town supervisor is still on between Democrat Zachary Cohen and incumbent Republican Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, who is currently ahead by a 177-vote margin. Party officials in Southampton Town will be closely watching a race for a seat on the Town Board between Republican Christine Preston Scalera who maintains a slim 85-vote lead against Independence Party member Brad Bender.

There are approximately 799 absentee ballots that will be counted in East Hampton Town and about 829 ballots in Southampton Town.

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