It was a scene just out of South Florida, around the 2000 Election, and there were no hanging hooks or butterfly ballots to look out for.
With a manual recount of approximately 91,000 votes cast in a Democratic primary school for a district attorney post in New York City just starting Monday, it did not take long for the first conflict: a stray mark came out on a ballot.
A crowd gathered immediately. Both the main candidates, Melinda Katz and Tiffany Cabán, were accompanied by solicitors, along with officials from the Electoral Board. Polling worker held ballot ballot, as eyes came in.
Was the mark an accidental stroke? Or your one trip? If the latter were to be announced, the vote, which was cast for Ms. Caban – restricting Ms. Katz but only 16 votes – to be invalid.
The competition has local and national implications for the Queen's district attorney. It is seen as a measure of the willingness of Democratic voters to mitigate the tough crime policies signed by this class borough for a long time, and to follow a sample of places such as Boston and Philadelphia, where justice reformists have excelled. criminal prosecutor's positions.
The election was also another test of the power of progression to take control of the Democratic Party.
Joseph Crowley, the one-powerful Democracy was lost in Last year she applied for the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Representative.
Ms Cabán, 31, a former public defendant, drew support from Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, which encouraged small subscribers around the country to contribute to Ms Cabán's campaign.
Local Democrats and Minister Andrew M. Cuomo supported Ms Katz, 53, the Queen's borough president, and collected endorsements and money from major labor unions.
There were five other candidates on the ballot, but as the votes were drawn on the main night, June 25, the race was reduced to two, or, in the eyes of Mr. Cabán, one: She confirmed victory after finishing 1,100 votes, pending an absent ballot count.
“They said we couldn't win,” she told supporters.
But the absentee ballots were in favor of Ms. Katz, which shows support from older voters, and shortly afterwards announced a victory, with a margin of 20 votes, which was subsequently reduced to 16.
The campaigns for Ms. Caban and Ms Katz convince the other to prevent votes.
The Caban campaign and supporters indicated that their candidate was being invalidated by votes. A democratic state senator, Alessandra Biaggi, took the fee on Twitter, posting dried “that stealing elections is certainly a sign of a real leader.” T
The Katz campaign returned back on the night before the recount, with a statement pointing out the other side of the work “undermining the belief in the electoral system from election night.” T
Among all those things, the manual recount began shortly after 10 in Monday, in a fluorescent lighting room deep inside a semi-empty retail colossus in Middle Village, Queens.
The Board of Elections divided themselves into four tables groups, each representing Democracy and Republicans, and a volunteer from each campaign. Lawyers for both campaigns were also available for the inevitable disputes.
At one board, election staff had difficulties with pronunciation of Ms Cabán's name. In the main, however, democracy appeared to be turning, under the auspices of abandoned Kmart and Toys “R” Us. Votes were being recounted. The will and suspicion were mostly kept under check.
In a year when politicians have influenced global cabineting with elections, this recount was definitely high tech, with marks made by the election workers with hand-written red hash marks.
Finally, the chief clerk affirmed the ballot with the mark on the road, against protests from the Cabán campaign. Another ballot, cast for Ms Katz, was later invalidated. Quickly created manila folders for “ballots that were challenged” by later workers.
Challenges increased somewhat in the afternoon, but lawyers said that some of the maneuvers to preserve these ballots were for possible appeals.
Any disputes the two campaigns cannot be resolved go to Judge John G. Ingram, who was temporarily introduced from Brooklyn to keep the process independent from the Queen's Democratic Party.
The party is now run by Representative Gregory Meeks, who supported Ms Katz, and suggested that there were certain parts of Ms.. Cabin's criminal justice platform is too long.
Ms Cabán has stated that she would not seek cash bonds on any charges, including violent crime, and that she would not prosecute sexual workers or their clients.
The results from the recount are expected to take several weeks. Then note the legal challenges, including some focusing on more than 2,300 affidavit ballots, cast by people who went to polls and were not on a list of registered voters, which were disqualified by election officers.
Caban is concentrating on more than 100 such affidavit ballots that have been disqualified for technical errors in the affidavit, such as a registered Democracy that did not write the word “Democrat” in a space for party affiliation.
Last month State lawmen succeeded in simplifying a bill and asked election workers to count ballots in which the voter's intention is clear, even if it is not perfectly completed, but the governor has not signed the bill into law.
“We will be in court if necessary to ensure that all votes are counted,” which prohibited Jerry Goldfeder, a lawyer for Mr Cabán.
But as the day went on, calm tempers stayed, former strangers spoke at the tables easily and hung the piglets openly – far from the careful climate in recent weeks.
The recount will include more than 350 ballots that did not register a vote for the district solicitor, although they were recorded as submitted to the voting machines. The voter could be improperly filled in the oval detailing his choice or preference, or he may vote in other races on the ballot but not in the case of an area attorney.
The number was not included the affidavit or absentee ballots previously disqualified.
All of this in a main campaign in which just over 11 per cent of eligible voters cast votes – about 91,000 votes in a borough of 2.3 million residents.
A major advantage by the winner of the Democratic primary is the Republican nominee, Daniel Kogan, to defeat in the November general election. Richard A. Brown, the former district attorney, Democracy, held the post for almost 28 years before ill health transferred earlier this year. He died in May at the age of 86.