Ulster County, NY
 
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Legislature of the County of Ulster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-17-2015 by L.L. No. 5-2015]

§ 37-1 Legislative intent and purpose.

A. 
The Ulster County Legislature hereby determines that it is appropriate and necessary to adopt a local law requiring the automatic re-canvassing of all paper and optical scan ballots cast for a given contest provided that certain criteria as set forth herein have been satisfied.
B. 
The County of Ulster is authorized to enact a local law requiring an automatic re-canvasing of the ballots cast in accordance with the New York State Election Law and New York State Municipal Home Rule Law.
C. 
No provision of this article is intended to supplant or contradict any provision of New York State Election Law.

§ 37-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
COUNTY
County of Ulster, State of New York.
ELECTION
Any primary, regular or special election for municipal office, or referendum held within the County of Ulster, State of New York. This article shall not extend to any contests for municipal office or referendum if such contest or referendum crosses beyond the geographical borders of the County of Ulster, State of New York.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]
MARGIN OF VICTORY
Difference between the number of votes cast for the winner certified by the Ulster County Board of Elections and the next highest vote getter.

§ 37-3 Regulation.

A. 
Forthwith after a primary, regular or special election for municipal office and prior to certification of the final vote count, the Ulster County Board of Elections shall manually re-canvass all paper ballots for a given election where one person is to be elected in an election contest if the following criteria are met:
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]
(1) 
The margin of victory is less than 1/2 of 1% of the total votes cast, minus blanks and voids, in any particular contest where the total number of votes cast is less than 3,000; or
(2) 
The margin of victory is less than 0.2% of the total votes cast, minus blanks and voids, in any particular contest where the total number of votes cast is 3,000 or greater.
B. 
Forthwith after a primary, regular election for municipal office, and prior to certification of the final vote count, the Ulster County Board of Elections shall manually re-canvass all paper ballots for a given election where more than one person is to be elected in a single election contest if the following criteria are met:
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]
(1) 
The margin of victory between the candidate who won the election with the least votes and the candidate who lost the election with the most votes is less than or equal to 1/2 of 1% of the votes cast for the candidate who won the contest with the least votes.
C. 
Forthwith after an election or referendum and prior to the certification of the final vote count wherein the difference between a "Yes" and "No" on a question was less than 1/2 of 1% of the total number of votes cast, minus blanks and voids, for a question but not more than 2,000 votes, and prior to certification of the final vote count, the Ulster County Board of Elections shall manually re-canvass all paper ballots for the election.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]
D. 
An automatic re-canvassing as provided for in this article shall only occur after the Board of Elections completes the canvassing and re-canvassing procedures, but prior to the certification of the vote count in accordance with the New York State Election Law.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]
E. 
The method of re-canvassing as prescribed in this article shall be in accordance with the New York State Election Law.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]
F. 
Cost of automatic re-canvassing. The cost of any automatic re-canvassing provided for in this article shall be borne by the Ulster County Board of Elections.
G. 
The losing candidate in a contest that meets the criteria as set forth above may waive the automatic re-canvass provisions of this article by giving written notice to the Ulster County Board of Elections after the Board of Elections completes the canvassing and re-canvassing procedures but prior to the certification of the original vote count in accordance with the New York State Election Law.
[Amended 8-18-2015 by L.L. No. 11-2015]