The Board of Elections has now posted certified results from the Sept. 12 Democratic Primary. They show that City Council member Margaret Chin narrowly won re-election to a third term in District 1, which includes the Lower East Side. The margin between Chin and her nearest challenger, Christopher Marte, was so close on election night that a winner could not be declared until absentee and affidavit ballots were counted.
Here are the final results:
Margaret Chin: 5363 votes
Christopher Marte: 5141 votes
Aaron Foldenauer: 734 votes
Dashia Imperiale: 459 votes
So in the end, Chin won by 222 votes (the margin on election night was 200 votes). There were 262 absentee ballots and 65 valid affidavit ballots.
Marte has talked about possibly filing a lawsuit to contest the election results. Foldenauer says he plans to run against Chin on the Liberal Party line in the general election, which takes place Nov. 7. If she prevails, Margaret Chin will go on to serve a third and final term in the City Council.