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Full ballot count to start in 63rd District primary

The Erie County Board of Elections will begin its full count of ballots in the undecided 63rd State Senate District Democratic primary race between Betty Jean Grant and Timothy M. Kennedy today.
State Appellate Justice Erin M. Peradotto ruled Monday afternoon that the Board of Elections could begin its canvass of all ballots, Elections Commissioner Dennis E. Ward said.
The Board of Elections previously had been told by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Glownia to proceed with counting only the ballots to which neither side had objected, but the elections commissioners appealed that decision Monday. In addition to machine tallies, the full count will include absentee, affidavit and unscanned ballots.
Kennedy had a 91-vote lead at last count, which did not include absentee and other types of ballots that are not tallied by voting machines.