He also said that the county received about 28,000 absentee ballots, a number that is not unusual. Because of the storm, however, the deadline for submitting absentee ballots was extended. Ballots that were postmarked by Nov. 5 can be accepted until Nov. 19. They can also be delivered in person until that day.
The county sent out 50,000 absentee ballots this year, Biamonte said, which means that there are potentially another 22,000 ballots coming in. But receiving all 22,000 was unlikely, according to Biamonte.
“The machines were off because of power failures,” said Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg, a Democrat from Merrick. “I voted in North Merrick, and computers were down half the time. Nassau County always finds a way to be late.”