Democrats in the New York 23rd Congressional District will have to wait until the end of the business day on Tuesday, July 3 before knowing who their candidate will be in the November mid-term election.
Tuesday’s Democratic Primary was too close to call, with just 26 votes apparently separating the two leading candidates – Max Della Pia and Tracy Mitrano.
Chautauqua County Democratic election commissioner Norm Green said there could be more than one thousand absentee ballots that still need to be counted. Chautauqua County alone has already received 220 absentee ballots, while Tompkins County has nearly three times that many already in. There are also nine other counties in the district that could be awaiting absentees, which have until next Tuesday to arrive at their respective county board of elections.
A total of 21,716 votes were cast on Primary Day, which is about 17 percent of the total number of registered Democrats across the district. That’s significantly higher than in 2012, the last time a Democratic Congressional Primary was held in the 23rd. In that primary the total turnout was just 10,265.
State Election law says counties must wait seven days to county ballots and reconcile any affidavit ballots that may have been submitted on Primary Day.
The winner of the Democratic Primary will move on to face Congressman Tom Reed in the General Election.
Mitrano also has received the endorsement of the Working Families and Women’s Equality parties but has not decided if she would remove her name from the ballot if she loses the Democratic primary.