Elections officials will begin tabulating about 1,000 outstanding absentee ballots next week to determine the outcome of the Democratic primary for the 23rd Congressional District in which Max Della Pia leads by a scant 26 votes.
Michael McCormick, Allegany County’s Democratic elections commissioner, said Board of Elections personnel in each of the district’s 11 counties will accept returned absentee ballots until Tuesday and the ballots will be processed "shortly thereafter."
According to state Board of Elections figures, Della Pia, an Air Force veteran from Ithaca, was leading Tracy Mitrano, a former Cornell University IT director, 7,022 to 6,996 – or 32.34 to 32.22 percent. They were followed by Linda Andrei, a retired cardiologist with 15.33 percent; Ian Golden, a shoe store owner from Ithaca with 13.44 percent; and Edward A. Sundquist, a Jamestown attorney, with 6.42 percent.
The winner will challenge Republican incumbent Tom Reed in November.