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With Nearly 150k Ballots To Count, Suffolk County Results Won't Be Known For A While

Absentee Ballots
John Froschauer

Final vote tallies for down-ballot elections in Suffolk County might not be known for several weeks. That’s because election officials have more 145,000 absentee ballots to count — and the counting won’t start until around November 16.

Larry Levy is with the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. He said voters should have confidence in the electoral process.

“The one place where partisanship actually works well are at the boards of elections, where you have equal number of Republicans and Democrats, no matter who is in charge and in the ascendance," Levy said. "They're professionals. They have a lot at stake — organizationally and personally — in getting the vote right. And in the end, it will be.”

The Suffolk County Board of Elections will count any absentee ballot that is postmarked by November 3 and received by November 10th.

Three Congressional and several state legislative races on Long Island will stay too early to call until the absentee ballots are counted.

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.