LAKE PLEASANT - Official results for the General Election Nov. 6 have not changed the order of finish in Hamilton County, despite the addition of absentee ballots to the counts.
According to the Hamilton County Board of Elections 3,143 or 71 percent of Hamilton County’s qualified voters cast ballots.
The county’s final results show 1,128 votes for President Barack Obama, 1,932 for challenger Mitt Romney (R,C), 14 for Jill Stein (G), 28 for Gary Johnson, 11 for Virgil Goode and none for Peta Lindsay. Thirty ballots were void.
In the race for U.S. senator incumbent Kristen Gillibrand (D,) got 1,487 votes in Hamilton County, Wendy Long (R,C) got 1,449, Celia Clark got 18, Chris Edes got 14, John Mangelli got seven and 168 ballots were void.
Incumbent Rep. William L. “Bill” Owens (D,WF) took 1,042 votes in Hamilton County while his major challenger, Matthew D. Doheny (R,C,I) took 1,815; and Donald L. Hassig (G) took 45; there were 241 voids.
NYS Senator Hugh Farley (R,C,I) got 2,127 votes while challenger Madelyn C. Thorne (D,WF) got 727. There were 289 voids.
Assemblyman Marc Butler (R,C,I) 2,047 votes and challenger Joseph Chilelli (D) got 761 with 335 voids.
Votes for justices of the NYS Supreme Court were Joseph M. Sise (R,C) 1,813; Thomas Buchanan (R,C) 1,740; John T. Ellis (R,C) 1,714; Felix J. Catena (R,C) 1,657; Christine M. Clark (D) 955; John M. Silvestri (D) 891; Mark L. Powers (D) 825; and Jeffrey D. Wait (D) 803. Voids numbered 2,174.
This race has yet to be decided. Montgomery County Supreme Court Judge Vincent Reilly issued an order Nov. 14 impounding the election ballots of 10 of the 11 counties of the Fourth Judicial District, after one of the candidates said his representatives were excluded on election night from witnessing re-canvassing within several counties of the district.
Hamilton County was excluded because all its ballots had been counted before the order was issued. The re-canvassing in the other counties is being conducted with observers present, as well as the counting of absentee and affidavit ballots.
On the county level coroners Donald W. Braunius, Virginia Jennings and Donald L. Townsend all ran unopposed. Coroners serve three-year terms.
Braunius, 58, Lake Pleasant, was re-elected with 765 votes. He serves District 2, which covers the towns of Arietta, Lake Pleasant and Morehouse. He has been District 2 coroner since January 1995.
Jennings, 62, Long Lake, was returned to District 4, the Town of Long Lake, with 452 votes. She has been a coroner since 1998.
Townsend, 47, Inlet, won his second three-year term as coroner for District 1 (Indian Lake and Inlet) with 669 votes. He was first elected in 2009.