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Absentee Votes Decide County Clerk, EVL Supervisor Races

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Democrats Bernstein, McAndrew Win

By Jann Wiswall

If you don’t think your vote counts, look no further than Ellicottville and Cattaraugus County for proof that it does.

Following the general election on Nov. 3, a number of races were too close to call and hinged on an official count of absentee ballots.

In the County, the race for county clerk was too close to call after the general election. After completing the count of 763 absentee ballots on Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Board of Elections has announced that Democrat Alan Bernstein defeated Republican challenger Michael M. Brisky by a final tally of 6,360 to 6,157. Bernstein has served as deputy county clerk for more than two decades.

In Ellicottville, the race for Town Supervisor also was too close to call after the general election. With 25 absentee ballots, the decision came down to four votes as Democrat Matt McAndrew defeated incumbent Republican John Burrell by a vote of 217 to 213.

Bernstein and McAndrew take office on Jan. 1, 2016.

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