FORT EDWARD — Republicans came out on top in all four town board elections that went down to absentee ballots, winning both seats in each, including one by a single vote.
Washington County Board of Election officials from both parties went through the absentee ballots Tuesday morning, opening them, then running them though ballot-counting machines.
Certification of election results, including Tuesday’s count, should occur this week or next.
The four disputed races — Dresden, Greenwich, Putnam and Salem — were counted first, then the other 13 towns in which absentee ballots did not affect the races.
The final count for two positions on the Dresden Town Board had Donald Greenough with 145 and fellow Republican Edwin Raymond with 119. Democrat Marc Brown finished with 118 and will not be on the board.
Last week, officials had to hand count 31 ballots from Putnam that would not go through the electronic vote-counting machines on Election Day.
Tuesday’s final results gave the board seats to Republicans Darrell Wilson (173) and Greg Harris (147). That left Democrat Leslie Bain (134) off the board.
The other two races had four candidates competing for two seats.
In Greenwich, the seats went to Steven Patrick with a final total of 744 and Eric Whitehouse with 686. The two Democrats were Patrick Donahue (673) and Audrey Fischer (658).
In Salem, Republicans Marcus Blanck (464) and Howard Law (458) won seats on the board, while Democrats Laura Dunham (434) and David Higby (378) did not.