Two Broward County races that for nearly a week were too close to call have finally been resolved — and one by just a single vote.
In Dania Beach, challenger Chickie Brandimarte ousted longtime Commissioner C.K. McElyea by 39 votes.
She’ll fill the third seat on the commission.
Incumbent Commissioner Walter Duke easily secured the top spot on Election Night by getting about 25 percent of the votes, and incumbent Albert C. Jones held on to a solid second place. But the race between Brandimarte and McElyea, who has served as his city’s mayor for six terms, was so close, the Elections Department had to do a manual recount.
The race in Hallandale Beach was even tighter.
Challenger Michele Lazarow beat Vice Mayor Anthony A. Sanders by just one vote. Both will serve on the Hallandale Beach Commission, but Lazarow’s term will be four years and Sanders will serve two. He is filling the spot vacated by Keith London, who resigned in order to run for mayor against Joy Cooper. London lost in his bid.
Brandimarte spent three days at the Elections Department waiting for the results.
“Three days is a long time,’’ Brandimarte said, as she received a kiss from her husband Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t ever what to know what happens to my ballot when it goes in the hole. I just want to make sure it comes out the other side.”
Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes defended the length of time it took for her staff to come up with the final count.
Said Snipes: “We are allowed to continue tabulating votes until Friday’’ — which is 10 days after the election.
But it’s not completely over: there are still the overseas ballots pending, election officials said.
The canvassing board will reconvene at 5 p.m. Friday to certify the election results.