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New York's political primary election has been over for more than two weeks, but the long vote count is continuing at the Erie County Board of Elections, checking more than 151,000 paper ballots.

Absentee ballots have usually been a minor part of the voting panoply; those people who were out of town or couldn't physically get to the polls. Not this year, during the COVID-19 pandemic. More people voted by mail than in person.