NEW YORK (Reuters) – A recount will start on Tuesday within the Democratic major race for district legal professional within the New York Metropolis borough of Queens, a contest that drew nationwide consideration, an official stated on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Queens District Legal professional (D.A.) candidate Tiffany Caban attends the Queens District Legal professional election evening within the Queens borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S., June 25, 2019. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon
Tiffany Caban, a progressive Democrat endorsed by U.S. Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, declared victory final week, however her rival, Melinda Katz, didn’t concede.
A win for the 31-year-old Caban, a political newcomer, would mark a contemporary sign of the rising energy of the Democratic Get together’s progressive wing forward of the 2020 presidential election.
Caban noticed her 1,100-vote lead vanish on Wednesday as three,400 absentee ballots pushed Katz, a longtime centrist who serves as Queens borough president, forward by 20 votes.
Beneath New York Metropolis Board of Elections coverage, a recount is necessary when the victory margin is below zero.5 proportion level, stated board spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez-Diaz. The date for the recount to start was launched on Friday.
The tight margin additionally sparked accusations that election officers improperly dismissed greater than 2,000 affidavit ballots earlier than the paper ballots have been counted.
Legal professionals for each candidates offered affidavit ballots to board officers on Friday and argued why sure ones ought to or shouldn’t be counted, in line with Vazquez-Diaz.
With Democrats outnumbering Republicans in Queens, the winner of the Democratic major is predicted to simply defeat a Republican opponent in November’s nationwide election.
“With a full recount arising, there’s extra work to be accomplished. Assist us be sure that each legitimate vote is counted!” Caban wrote on Twitter on Friday.
“We’re going to be in court docket and going to current proof that there are nonetheless many extra ballots that must be opened that ought to allow us to win,” stated Jerry Goldfeder, a veteran election lawyer representing Caban.
Katz’ marketing campaign nor authorized illustration couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Reporting by Matthew Lavietes; modifying by Jonathan Oatis