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Friday is earliest date to count absentee ballots in Falls mayoral race

LOCKPORT – Jennifer A. Fronczak, Niagara County Republican election commissioner, said Friday that the Board of Elections won’t start counting absentee ballots until next Friday, and it’s not yet known when the primary for mayor of Niagara Falls will be tallied.

On Primary Night Thursday, Mayor Paul A. Dyster had a 73-vote lead over Councilman Glenn A. Choolokian for the Democratic nomination. Friday, 11 more Democratic absentee ballots landed in the Board of Elections’ mailbox, bringing the total in-house to 179. Fronczak said in order to be counted, an absentee ballot must arfive by Thursday, a week after the election, but it must have been postmarked by Sept. 9, the day before the primary.

If the total of available ballots remains at 179, Choolokian would need to win 127 of them to overcome Dyster’s lead.

Meanwhile, there are now 80 available absentee ballots on the Republican side, where John G. Accardo leads Robert Pascoal for Niagara Falls mayoral nomination by 46 votes.