Much has been made of the changing numbers in NY-23 and the allegations of hanky-panky made by GOP candidate Doug Hoffman.
While this race has been followed, there have suddenly been changes in a much smaller race for Jefferson County Legislature District 15.
The day after the election it was reported incumbent Jim St. Croix was leading 524 to 445 over Anthony Doldo. Absentees were yet to be counted.
Currently the Jefferson County BOE tote board on line now lists Doldo leading 537 to 524 in unofficial results.
Then there is another total that shows St. Croix ahead by eight votes. That's what candidate St. Croix was told Friday night. He had assumed the originally reported 55%-45% was still in place.
For the political chattering class, this information only came out via a posting on the county GOP web page that was posted on Newzjunky.com.
Rumor now is that with the margin of eight votes being less than one percent of the total, there has to be a recount of the paper ballots cast on election day. Presumably the optical scanner may not have registered all the ballots.
Now the question is why these changes in numbers occured ? I am told it was the result of election workers at St. Anthony's Church polling place not properly reporting machine totals on election night. That discrepancy was caught in the recanvass and then the absentees were added to that.
Why candidate St. Croix only learned of this on Friday is perplexing. Now a race he thought he had won may be lost. For Mr. Doldo, he thought he lost and now has a shot.
In a pool of 1100 or so voters, the eight vote margin is by no means certain. Mr. St. Croix says the recount will occur early this week.
Given his stature on the board, a possible defeat of St. Croix is quite newsworthy