The results of the Sept. 12 Republican Primaries in three county legislature districts hinge on the absentee ballot votes, which won't be counted until Sept. 20.
With low voter turnout for the Sept. 12 Republican primary, the official results could very well differ from the unofficial results released Sept. 12 after absentee ballots are counted Sept. 20.
In District 1, where four legislators will be elected to represent Jerusalem, Italy and Middlesex, 51 absentee ballots were issued, and 27 had been received by Sept. 15. A total of 308 ballots were cast in District 1.
Incumbents Edward Bronson, with 238 votes; Douglas Paddock, with 236 votes; and Elden Morrison, with 149 votes; along with newcomer Timothy Cutler, with 222 votes, have the lead in the race for the four spots on the Republican line of the Nov. 7 ballot. Jerusalem Supervisor Patrick Killen received 137 votes in the primary.
Bronson, Paddock, Cutler, and either Morrison or Killen will be challenged by Democrats Barbara Crumb and K. Dixon Zorovich. Crumb and Zorovich have also filed petitions to be listed without party affiliation.
In District 2 (Benton, Potter, and Torrey), incumbents Timothy Dennis, the legislative chairman, with 135 votes, and Terry Button, with 102 votes, along with former legislator, Richard Willson, with 130 votes, are leading the race for the three seats, while incumbent James Smith received 98 votes. A total of 177 ballots were cast in District 2. The Board of Elections issued 45 absentee ballots in District 2, and 34 were received by Sept. 15.
The three Republican candidate's names will appear on the Republican line of the General Election ballot for the three District 2 seats. No other candidates will appear on the ballot for those seats.
In District 3, where four legislators will be elected to represent Milo, 83 absentee ballots were issued, and 53 had been returned by Sept. 15, so results could change from the unofficial numbers released Sept. 12. Incumbents Leslie Church, with 157 votes; P. Earle Gleason, with 147 votes; and Daniel Banach, with 143 votes; along with newcomer Carlene Chilson, with 148 votes, are leading in the race for the four spots on the Republican line of the Milo ballot. Incumbent Mark Morris, with 126 votes in the primary, will appear on the Conservative line of the ballot. A total of 238 ballots were cast in District 3.
The Republican candidates will be challenged by Democrats Valerie Brechko and Teresa Hoban, both political newcomers. Brechko, Chilson and Hoban have also filed independent petitions to be listed with no party affiliation.
In District 4, the three incumbents, James Multer, William Holgate, and Bonnie Percy, all Republicans, are unchallenged in their bid for re-election to the legislature.
All Yates County legislators serve two-year terms. Each legislator is paid $8,183 annually, and the chairman receives an additional $8,183.