New York held presidential and congressional primaries the week of June 23.
There are competitive Democratic primaries still yet to be called, including in New York’s 15th district, an open seat, and the race in the 12th district between Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Suraj Patel.
New York allowed all voters to vote absentee without an excuse. Because clerks cannot start counting absentee ballots until days after the election, many races won’t be called until next week.
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Absentee ballots that are postmarked by June 23 will be accepted at election offices through June 30, meaning that many of these elections will not be called until this week. As The New York Times notes, prevailing New York law only permits county clerks to begin counting absentee ballots until eight days after the election and after all in-person votes have been tabulated.
The current results, those released on Tuesday after the polls closed, only include in-person early and election day votes.
New York’s Democratic presidential primary was put officially back on after a judge ruled against the New York Board of Elections’ attempt to cancel it, citing COVID-19 concerns, after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race.
New York District Judge Analisa Torres rejected the BOE’s claim that continuing to hold the presidential primary would jeopardize public health and ordered the state to conduct a full presidential primary with all qualifying candidates on the ballot.
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