Schneiderman Waiting on Absentee Ballots Before Conceding Comptroller’s Race

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Jay Schneiderman, left, and John M. Kennedy Jr., ran against each other for Suffolk County Comptroller this year. Courtesy photos

Southampton Town supervisor Jay Schneiderman, who mounted a campaign for Suffolk County comptroller this year, has not yet conceded that race, he announced late Thursday.

While Mr. Schneiderman’s opponent, incumbent candidate John M. Kennedy Jr., declared victory Tuesday night with 50.1 percent of the vote, the Suffolk County Board of Elections has yet to count about 30,000 absentee ballots, according to a press release. Mr. Schneiderman said there are “enough uncounted absentee ballots to reverse the outcome” because Mr. Kennedy, a Republican, holds a narrow lead of only 8,623 votes.

Mr. Schneiderman, a Democrat, said in a statement he believes the absentee ballots “are disproportionately from registered Democrats.”

“It’s important that every vote gets counted,” he said. “I am interested in getting this resolved, however it goes. If and when it becomes statistically impossible for the race to be called in my favor, I would then be prepared to concede.”

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