The New York City Board of Elections began the slow and tedious process of counting about 2,000 absentee and affidavit ballots Thursday in the contested Democratic primary in a district where veteran Rep. Charles Rangel is trying to hold on to his chance for a 22nd term.
The New York City Board of Elections’ tally at the end of the day has Rangel leading state Sen. Adriano Espaillat by 945 votes. That’s up from the 802-vote margin he had before the count started.
Meanwhile, Bronx State Supreme Court Justice John Carter ruled Thursday the NYC BOE can certify the election, but can’t transmit the result to the state Board of Elections until he approves it.
That transmission is the final step to make an election result official.
The 13th Congressional District race appeared decided last week on election night, with Rangel seemingly holding a sizable lead. But the vote margin shrank, leading some to wonder if state Sen. Adriano Espaillat conceded too soon.