MAYVILLE – Two local races on primary day were too close to call and as a result, will have to await until the arrival of absentee ballots.
That from the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, which said Wednesday that the Independence Party primary for County Legislature District 12 and the countywide Green Party primary for Family Court Judge remain too close to call. Election officials announced that absentee ballots for the two close races will be opened Tuesday Sept. 16 at 2 p.m.
In the Independence Party race for the District 12 legislature seat, Republican Elisabeth T. Rankin finished with 19 votes and incumbent Democratic Legislator Beth Kresge brought in 18 votes. A total of 5 absentee ballots were issued for the race and 3 have so far been received by the Board of Elections in Mayville. Rankin has already secured the Republican and Conservative lines for the Nov. 4 General Election and Kresge is assured of the Democratic and Working Families party lines.
For the Family Court Green Party candidacy, Republican Michael Sullivan and Democrat James Spann both lost their major party primary bids last night. However, the Green Party primary result from Tuesday shows Sullivan with 3 votes and Spann with 2 votes. A total of 2 Green Party absentees were mailed out in the race and 1 has been received back. If the two candidates were to tie in the race, a failure to elect would be declared by the Board of Elections.