The Erie County Board of Elections has received more than 150,000 absentee ballots for the June primary cycle.

What You Need To Know

  • More than 150,000 absentee ballots have been returned in Erie County

  • The BOE began the counting process Wednesday

  • It likely won't get to state Legislature or congressional elections until at least next week

Democratic Elections Commissioner Jeremy Zellner said it's the most that the BOE has ever seen and 10 times more than the largest volume it’s had during a primary election cycle.

The board began the counting process Wednesday. It spent most of the day getting the ballots in order and making sure nobody who voted at the polls also casted an absentee.

Zellner said they would likely only count the smaller elections this week, like town and village elections for party committee members.

Early next week the board hopes to start on state legislature primaries and potentially turn to the New York 27th Congressional District GOP primary and special election by the end of next week.

Zellner said he's not sure how soon the board can begin to release official results but he hopes the general public will continue to be patient.