The Monroe County Auditor’s race, in which counting was halted early Wednesday with an outcome too close to call, is getting closer to being decided. Half of the absentee ballots have been counted and the current deputy auditor appears to be widening his lead.
The race comes down to around 10,000 absentee ballots. Current deputy auditor Steve Saulter led when counting was suspended and says he hopes to have a result soon.
“At some point in time as they go to count, they go to count, they go to count, they can see where the trend is, and hopefully they won’t have to go all the way through their 10,000 or 11,000 to make a determination,” he says. “Hopefully they can call the race soon.”
Saulter’s opponent Vivien Bridges declined to comment on the race because there is no timetable for when the race will be called. Bridges lost the race four years ago to Saulter’s boss, Amy Gerstman.
Gerstman’s misuse of county credit cards has led to the possibility of an investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing and to Saulter’s admission during the lead-up to the election that his employer had tarnished the public’s image of the office.