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Absentee ballot count - Essex

10:52 a.m The two candidates for the position of Essex Town Supervisore, incumbent Sharon Boisen and challenger Frank Walls, have started to inspect the ballots. The count is scheduled for 11 a.m.

10:58 a.m. Boisen holds a 150-142 lead after Nov. 8 General Election ballots were counted.

11:00 a.m. So far, there has been one objection to a ballot because the postmark was unreadable. It was sustained and the ballot will not be opened. If the objection is later withdrawn, the vote will be counted.

11:03 a.m. The ballots are now being opened. There are 36 being opened at this point.

11:09 a.m. After 10 ballots are counted, Boisen ups her lead to 159-143 (9-1 for Boisen).

11:18 a.m. After 17 ballots counted, Boisen has secured the most votes with a 19 vote advantage overall. She leads the absentee count 14-2, with one ballot not voting for the position.

11:20 a.m. After 20 votes counted, Boisen leads 167-144 (17-2, one no vote).

11:24 a.m. They are now opening the ballots from district two in Essex. With 25 counted, Boisen has a 20-4 lead in the absentee ballots and an overall - clinching - lead of 170-146.

11:35 a.m. With all of the votes counted, Boisen earns a lead of 176-149. Military votes have not been counted, but will not affect the outcome. A second ballot was not counted due to bad markings.

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