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The Niagara County Board of Elections said Wednesday it won't begin counting absentee and affidavit ballots from Tuesday's primary election until 11 a.m. next Wednesday.

The paper ballots could decide winners in three close races, including Republican contests for Wilson supervisor, Lockport alderman at large, and Lewiston town justice.

The same delay applies to the write-in votes cast in dozens of minor-party primaries, the election commissioners said.

Also Wednesday, defeated Democratic district attorney candidate Andrew A. Ligammari said he intends to pursue a write-in effort to win the job in the general election.

And Lockport Mayor Kenneth D. Swan said he hasn't decided whether he will campaign actively on two minor-party lines after losing the GOP primary.

Democratic election commissioner Judith M. Cirifalco said voting machines have been impounded in Lockport, Wilson and Lewiston as a result of the close races.

In the Lockport alderman at large race, Jeremy Hughes leads Edward E. Sandusky, 817-790, based on Tuesday's unofficial voting machine tallies. But there are 114 absentee ballots on hand that haven't been counted yet.

In Wilson, Village Mayor Jerry L. Dean leads Town Supervisor Marilynn R. Allgeier 333-329 for Mrs. Allgeier's job, but there are 27 absentee ballots.

In Lewiston, Justice Damon A. DeCastro trails Hugh C. Gee Sr. 881-871 for the second available GOP ballot position. There are 58 absentee votes. DeCastro, however, won three other ballot lines, including the Democratic line.

In North Tonawanda Mary C. Kabasakalian leads Scott P. Kiedrowski 681-656 for the Republican mayoral nomination. There are 45 absentee ballots.

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