AuSABLE FORKS - It will take another week before the town of Jay will know who its next tax collector will be.
Valerie Coolidge and Tina Fenton ended Tuesday night's election with a difference of 13 votes, with Coolidge drawing 380 and Fenton with 367.
Mark Whitney, commissioner for the Essex County Board of Elections, told the Enterprise 70 absentee ballots were sent out to Jay voters, and the Board of Elections had received 43 of those back by Election Day, Nov. 5.
"With a difference of 13, there's more than enough absentees" to make a difference in the race, Whitney said.
Commissioners have to wait until Nov. 12, and any ballots that come in before that postmarked on or before Nov. 4 will be included in a final count.
"After the 12th, we can start to process those," Whitney said.
Commissioners certify election results in all the races across the county, but on Nov. 13 they'll give priority to the closest races, Whitney said. The timeline could be affected if candidates or their lawyers want to observe the count, he said.