Marte is Not Conceding to Chin in District 1 Race; Might Request Recount

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

While Councilwoman Margaret Chin basks in the glow of perceived victory in the Democratic Primary this past Tuesday, her main foe has not conceded. And doesn’t plan on it. Not yet, at least. Technically, the race is still too close to call.

Data from the city Board of Elections still shows Chin ahead of Christopher Marte by a slim 200-vote margin. She received 5,220 votes, or 45.77% of the total, in contrast to Marte’s 5,020 votes, or 44.02% of the total.

Dashia Imperiale and Aaron Foldenauer acted as so-called spoilers raking in more than 10% of the vote collectively.

Nevertheless, Marte is not giving up. “We’re not conceding until all affidavits and absentees are in and the election results are certified,” he stated in an email. “Depending on the numbers, we will likely request a recount.”

CM Chin speaking at Two Bridges environmental scoping session, Feb. 2017

Marte went on to say, “a lot of the poll sites were changed overnight, so voters showed up to the same place they’ve been voting out of for years, and then were told it was somewhere else. This is why we expect the number of affidavits to be higher than normal.”

According to DNAinfo, the Board of Elections will not count absentee and provisional ballots until a week after the election to ensure all votes are in.

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