Rose Versus Mitchell: Staten Island Starts Counting

A reader sends over this picture from the start of the official vote count at the Staten Island Board of Elections office this morning, where officials will determine if Ken Mitchell’s slim (and somewhat varying) lead holds, or if Debi Rose won in an upset.

The February 24 election was conducted entirely on paper ballots, without voting machines, since a judge re-instated one candidate, John Tabacco, at the last minute.

Mitchell, former chief of staff to the councilman who just vacated the seat, had a 91-vote lead over Rose. On election night, the Associated Press gave him a much wider margin.

The real story here is if the victor will be bruised enough to make a rematch in September more than likely.