Some winners emerge, but counting of absentee ballots holds up Election Day voting results

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The elections for the Democratic presidential candidate and candidates for Congress and other offices — amid the pandemic where candidates largely campaigned online and New Yorkers requested absentee ballots in record numbers — were up for grabs Tuesday with Joe Biden winning the Democratic presidential primary.

While county election boards received a historically high number of absentee ballots for all elections and primaries held on Tuesday due to the coronavirus pandemic, unofficial election night results do not include the results of absentee ballot voting. Counting of absentee ballots, which must be postmarked by June 23 and received by June 30, will not be counted until July 1, leaving the results of many races up in the air for at least two weeks.

Races at the federal and state levels, which could have a significant impact on legislative issues affecting credit unions, included 21 of New York’s 27 districts facing at least one major-party contest, and all of New York’s 27 congressional seats on the ballot in November. All 213 seats in the state Senate and Assembly are on the November ballot.

In New York’s 14th Congressional District, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appears to have defeated three Democratic challengers to secure a spot on the November ticket in what will be her first re-election bid, according to the Board of Elections website.

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney is locked in a tight race with Suraj Patel in the 12th Congressional District, with Maloney leading Patel with 40% of the vote to Patel’s nearly 39%, according to Board of Elections results.

In the special election in New York’s 27th Congressional District, Republican Chris Jacobs is currently leading with more than 60% of the vote over Democrat Nate McMurray, according to Board of Elections results.

The seat was vacated when Republican Chris Collins pleaded guilty to insider trading. The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of Collins’ term and will be up for election again in November. The November elections will be for a full, two-year term in the House.

As for other races, there are dozens of contests in the state in which winners have not been declared, due to the large number of uncounted votes. They include all primary elections for the state Legislature, 16 congressional primaries and the Democratic primary for Queens Borough president, according to the Associated Press.

Updated vote tallies and additional information can be found on the New York Times website.

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