The wait will continue for candidates seeking results in close primary contests

At the tail end of their weekly meeting on Tuesday, New York City Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan announced that the “post-election” canvas, which was scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 1st, would be delayed until next week in all five boroughs, citing “ten times” the number of absentee ballots sent out in last week’s primary compared to what they normally handle.

“Staten Island will commence on Monday, July 6th. The remaining four boroughs—Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Manhattan—will commence on July the 8th,” Ryan said, adding that, “notices to all concerned parties will be going out as well as a posting on the website and various social media outlets.”

Earlier in the meeting, Ryan rattled off statistics from the primary—471,177 voted in person, including more than 50,000 who voted early. He also said the unprecedented volume of absentee votes cast in this primary is likely to surpass the more than 300,000 absentee and affidavit ballots cast in the 2012 presidential election, when Governor Cuomo issued an executive order following all New Yorkers to cast their ballot for the top of the ticket at any poll site in New York City because of Hurricane Sandy.

As of June 29th, the city distributed 767,314 absentee ballots and voters have returned 283,377 ballots in the Democratic presidential primary. More than 3.3 million voters were eligible to vote in this primary. The New York City Board of Elections is scheduled to provide another update to its absentee ballot data at close of business Thursday.