In my opinion, every Ulster County voter should have questions regarding the election that took place Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in our county.
We have been told that in particular, the race for Ulster County district attorney had candidate Dave Clegg ahead by more than 800 votes when a medical emergency occurred at the Ulster County Board of Elections office. This was approximately two hours after the polls closed. My first question is whether or not we have a computerized voting system in Ulster County? Why weren’t unofficial results from all races revealed to the public between 9 p.m. when polls closed and 10:53 p.m. when the vote count was halted for the night? How many people were working at the Board of Elections office election night, who are they and why was the vote count stopped before completing the job?
Of course, we all have concern for a worker taken ill. But a workplace does not cease to operate due to one illness after the proper medical care has been rendered, with the sick individual being safely taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Additionally, what went on between 9 a.m. and approximately noon on Wednesday, Nov. 6? During this time there was no change in the vote count from the previous night for the Ulster County voters to see.
I personally know of excited young people who have voted on absentee ballots for this race since they are away in college. Let’s hope that there will be transparency in the counting of their votes. As voters, let’s ask more questions and pay as much attention to the counting of our votes as we do to the voting process and the work we do for our political candidates.