Friday, November 21, 2008

Queens Democrats Support Senate Race Recount By: Samuel King - NY1

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As the 11th District State Senate race between Republican incumbent Frank Padavan and Democratic challenger James Gennaro remains too close to call, the Democrats took their fight to the streets Thursday.

Protesters say hundreds of ballots are being set aside by the Board of Elections, and that the majority belong to Latino and Asian voters.

The group accused Republicans of interfering with the process and they are demanding all votes be included in the recount.

"We're just simply not going to tolerate it here, in New York City, the center of democracy, here in Queens. So we're here to basically just say to them, we won't accept your tactics, stop doing this, and count our votes," said a protester.

A count released this week shows just 507 votes separating the two candidates, with Padavan holding the narrow edge.