COVID cluster keeps Onondaga Co. Board of Elections closed, counting paused through Thanksgiving

Your Local Election HQ

UPDATE: Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny confirmed that eight BOE staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.

The plan is to do a partial certification of the Presidential Election on Nov. 28 and to resume counting the remaining ballots on Nov. 30.

There are still approximately 30,000 ballots left to count.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Onondaga County Board of Elections will stay closed this entire week and absentee ballot counting will remain paused through Thanksgiving due to cases of coronavirus spreading amongst employees.

Monday, Democratic Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny confirmed to NewsChannel 9 that the office would stay closed through the rest of the week, at least.

Additionally, he confirms absentee ballot counting won’t resume until after Thanksgiving.

The decision was made after Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon confirmed to NewsChannel 9 that additional cases of coronavirus have been linked to the initial employee who tested positive Friday.

McMahon was not able to confirm the number of additional cases.

The first confirmed case immediately forced the pause of absentee ballot counting, even though the sick worker wasn’t involved and was last at the Board of Elections offices on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Counting of absentee ballots began Tuesday, Nov. 10. Up to 100 people were at the Board of Elections for the ballot counting, including elections workers, campaign workers, attorneys, and reporters.

After the first case, the Board of Elections staff went for coronavirus testing.

Elections Commissioner Dustin Czarny confirms to NewsChannel 9 that he and his fellow commissioner, Michele Sardo, have tested negative.


Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Live Doppler 9 Map Center

CNY View

CNY View

CNY View

Oswego Area

Oswego Area

Syracuse Area

Syracuse Area