Onondaga County suspends absentee ballot counting after COVID-19 exposure | Politics

Absentee ballots are reviewed at the Cayuga County Board of Elections on Thursday. 

The Onondaga County Board of Elections has postponed its absentee ballot count after a potential COVID-19 exposure. 

A tweet posted by the board Friday afternoon confirms there was a potential exposure among its main staff. The board added that it is arranging testing and securing ballots. 

Dustin Czarny, the Democratic elections commissioner in Onondaga County, also tweeted about the suspension of the canvass. 

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“I ask patience as we secure the election and make sure our staff is safe,” he wrote in a tweet. “I ask you give us some time to address the next steps and I will have more information later today.” 

The potential COVID-19 exposure disrupts absentee ballot counting in several key races, including the 50th state Senate District. Onondaga County was in the midst of its second day of counting ballots in the 50th district race when the board learned of the COVID-19 exposure. 

There were more than 53,000 absentee ballots returned in Onondaga County. As of Thursday, the board had counted over 26,000 ballots. 

This story will be updated

Politics reporter Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or robert.harding@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.