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Candidates will have to keep waiting in Cayuga County as votes tallied, absentees added into the mix

The counting of absentee and affidavit ballots usually occurs a week after Election Day, but that process is different this year due to changes in New York election law.

Katie Lacey, the county’s Democratic elections commissioner, said Thursday the county Board of Elections won’t begin its absentee and affidavit ballot counting until Nov. 19 — two weeks after Election Day and nearly a month after the start of early voting.

John Conklin, a state Board of Elections spokesman, explained that with early voting and the new in-state transfer law, counties are required to compare absentee and affidavit ballots with other counties in New York to ensure there weren’t double votes.

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