Marte’s City Council Campaign Hopeful as BOE Begins Counting Absentee Votes

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 at 10:15 am by

Still 200 votes shy of defeating two-term incumbent Margaret Chin, City Council challenger Christopher Marte is not giving up. Especially as the Board of Elections prepares to “open and count” absentee and affidavit votes. “Depending on the numbers, we will likely request a recount,” he told us last week.

In the meantime, media outlets have yet to declare a victor in this contested race.

Here is the media advisory just sent out:

The Board of Elections will begin to open and count absentee and affidavit votes today at 10am. While there are over 800 ballots yet to be counted, the Marte campaign will work to make sure that every valid vote is accepted in order for the election to be fair and transparent. This margin is large enough that becoming the only race in the City to unseat an incumbent is a probable outcome. Neither media outlets nor the Board of Elections have announced a clear winner in this highly contested primary.

Many have asked the candidate about the narrow margin. Marte began his campaign last November, without any financial support or political backing. Through a grassroots approach and consistently knocking on 300+ doors a day, Marte earned over 5,000 votes. Without spoiler candidates, the 55% that voted against Councilmember Chin would have ensured Marte a solid victory.

After the results from the primary have been certified, the Marte campaign will discuss the possibility of a recount. Until then, the team is deeply grateful to the community activists, shop owners, and neighbors that built this coalition from the Lower East Side and Chinatown, to the Village and Tribeca.

One of the other challengers for the District 1 seat, Aaron Foldenauer, alleges that Chin rigged the deck. His accusation of voter fraud was leveled last week:

Foldenauer’s initial complaint of voter fraud, and which was filed last week well in advance of Tuesday’s election, centers around the deceptive registration of voters at P.O. Boxes, instead of at actual places of residence—which unlawfully allows even non-residents to bypass the law and vote in New York City even if they don’t live here. Foldenauer’s Complaint was sent to the New York City Board of Elections, the New York State Board of Elections, and the New York City Department of Investigation.

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