Update (July 14): There are no changes to the results announced June 27 after the manual recount was conducted by officials at the Tompkins County Board of Elections (TBOE) on July 14, according to Democratic Commissioner of Elections Stephen DeWitt.

Original story (July 6):

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Official election results from the democratic primary were released July 6, a little over a week after Tompkins County residents cast their ballots. 

The night of the election, June 27, unofficial results were released from the Tompkins County Board of Elections (TCBOE). The original count included only ballots cast that day and early voting ballots. The official results released Thursday include absentee and affidavit ballots, as well. 

Stephen DeWitt, TCBOE Democratic Commissioner, said a manual recount is only necessary to finalize results if the difference of votes between candidates is under 20, which applies to three of the five Common Council races and the race for Danby Town Clerk, according to the official election results. In Wards 1 and 2 in Ithaca, Kayla Matos and Kris Haines-Sharp won their Democratic primaries by wider margins.

In Ward 3 for a 4-year term, David Shapiro and Nathan Sitaraman have just a six-vote difference between them. A manual recount will take place the week of July 10, as will all the races in which recounts are necessary. 

CandidateEarly voting + absenteeElection DayTotal
David Shapiro56217282
Nathan Sitaraman57210276

In Ward 5 for the 2-year term, Cornell University student Clyde Lederman maintained the lead he secured on election night over long-time resident Jason Houghton, by 10 votes. Lederman secured just 19 votes on Election Day compared to Houghton’s 32, but received 74 of his votes via early voting and absentee ballots.

CandidateEarly voting, absentee, hand tallyElection DayTotal
Clyde Lederman751994
Jason Houghton523284

In Ward 5 for the 4-year term, there is a six-vote difference between candidates Margaret Fabrizio and Michelle Song, a Cornell student, with Fabrizio in the lead. 

CandidateEarly voting, absentee, hand tallyElection DayTotal
Margaret Fabrizio593190
Michelle Song642084

A preference for participating in early voting had an impact on turnout, and on election day, poll workers at polling locations around the county told reporters at The Ithaca Voice that turnout was poor, with less foot traffic than expected. 

The official results show that 624 ballots, about 29% of the total ballots cast, were cast in early voting by residents in the City of Ithaca Common Council Democratic primaries. 

Absentee and affidavit ballots also contributed to the slow foot traffic at polling locations, and according to the official results, 150 absentee and/or affidavit ballots were cast. 

In Danby, the race for Town Clerk is also headed to a manual recount, with Mariah Dillon holding a six vote lead over Janice Adelman, 43-37.

Judy Lucas is a General Assignment Reporter for The Ithaca Voice. Have a story idea? Comment or question? You can reach me at jlucas@ithacavoice.org or on Twitter @judy__lucas.