Cecilia Tkaczyk casts her vote during the primary election on Thursday, Sept. 13.
continued The Tkaczyk campaign had already taken shots at Amedore before the primary election. Some lawmakers have argued the newly drawn senate district was carved out with an Amedore bid in mind, but Tkaczyk said voters ultimately choose a representative, not a party.
“Issues are going to be what wins the election,” Tkaczyk said. “Nobody drew a district for me … I decided I wanted to run because there are serous issues we need to address in Albany that are not getting addressed.”
Tkaczyk presumed Green Party winner
There is still one ballot line up in the air after the primary though: the Green Party. The primary for the party was an opportunity to ballot, which allowed party members to write in anyone’s name.
Unofficial and incomplete election results put Tkaczyk in the lead by four votes over Dolan, with Arias Miranda likely trailing too much to take the lead. Tkaczyk has 15 votes, with Dolan trailing at 11 votes and Arias Miranda holding eight, according to the latest information available before The Spotlight went to press.
Ulster County saw the most total write-ins cast, with Dolan securing eight votes, Tkaczyk holding six votes and Arias Miranda with five votes, which includes one absentee ballot in the total. The county Board of Elections said it doesn’t expect to receive any more absentee ballots, but couldn’t confirm how many were sent out.
Albany County had 13 write-in votes, which included one blank ballot. Tkaczyk took the lead with six votes and both Dolan and Arias Miranda secured three votes. There was also one absentee ballot sent out, but it hadn’t been returned as of Tuesday, Sept. 18.
In Montgomery there were only three write-ins for Tkaczyk and as Monday, Sept. 17, there was one absentee ballot sent out but not returned.
There were no write-in votes in Greene County and no absentee ballots were sent out, according to the county Board of Elections.
The Schenectady County Board of Elections declined to say who two write-in votes were cast for until the results were certified on Thursday, Sept. 20. Also, no information on absentee ballots was released.
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