Absentee ballots being counted in exec. race

The Board of Elections began counting more than 7,000 absentee and military ballots Monday to declare a winner of the race for Nassau County executive.

Lawyers for both sides are scrutinizing the paper ballots as they?re counted. Questionable ones can be disqualified or challenged and set aside for a judge to decide. Officials hope to get through 700 ballots a day.

Officials say it could take weeks before a winner is declared between Democratic incumbent Tom Suozzi and Republican challenger Ed Mangano.

Mangano is currently in the lead by only 459 votes.

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