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Absentee ballots to be counted

LOCKPORT - The Niagara County Board of Elections will start counting absentee ballots in the Democratic mayoral primary between incumbent Paul A. Dyster and Councilman Glenn A. Choolokian at 2 p.m. Friday at its Lockport offices, the agency said Monday.

Unofficial results from last Thursday’s primary election showed Dyster held a 73-vote lead over Choolokian. There are at least 179 absentee ballots to be counted.

Dyster has declared victory in the race and is expected to be victorious after the absentee ballots are counted, but Choolokian has not conceded.

Earlier on Monday, Choolokian’s campaign had called on the county’s two elections commissioners to recuse themselves from participating in the absentee count. Later in the day, however, the campaign pulled back on that demand, with attorney Thomas Webb, representing Choolokian’s campaign, saying he believes that the Board of Elections is following proper procedures.