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Mail-In Voting Delays Primary Results, Possibly For Weeks

Absentee Ballots
John Froschauer
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AP

The results of Tuesday’s primary election in New York may not be available for days or even weeks.

Election officials say it will take longer than usual to announce the results of Tuesday’s primary because more voters are expected to mail in their ballots due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Mail-in ballots will be accepted until June 30. Officials expect it will take a week to count them all. Nearly two million New Yorkers requested absentee ballots, which could mean 75% of the vote might be done by mail. 

On Long Island, voters will select a Democratic challenger for Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin. Republican Congressman Peter King’s seat is also up for grabs after he announced he would not seek reelection this fall. Democratic incumbent Tom Suozzi also faces a progressive challenger. 

Desiree reports on the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families for WSHU as part of the American Homefront project. Born and raised in Connecticut, she now calls Long Island home.
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