But some boards of elections could start counting as early as Friday, as they had already scheduled to begin absentee ballot counting on that date.
When all machine votes were counted Tuesday, Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk led Republican George Amedore by 139 votes. But the outcome will be decided by the absentee ballots. So far, 8,571 absentee ballots have been received by boards of elections in Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany, Greene and Ulster counties, said state Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin. Tkacyzk's camp says there are 226 more absentee ballots from enrolled Democrats than Republicans. The number will change daily as more absentees trickle in.