Following the results of Tuesday's primary, it is now up to the city's Board of Elections to determine whether a Democratic mayoral runoff will take place, and anyone hoping for a definitive answer will have to wait. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
Across the city Wednesday, the old lever voting machines were being rounded up and brought to facilities, where on Friday, officials will begin what's called a recanvassing.
Essentially, recanvassing means re-tallying the results by adding up the numbers on odometer-like displays on each voting machine.
Then on Monday, officials will begin the hand count of absentee, affidavit and military ballots.
"It’s a cumbersome process, as you can imagine. Anything on paper is thousands of pieces of paper, and we have to make sure that everybody’s vote is counted," said NYC Board of Elections Executive Director Michael Ryan.
Already some 19,000 valid absentee ballots have been received, and they will continue rolling in until next Tuesday.
This means it likely won't be until Wednesday at the earliest that all votes are counted, and we know whether Bill de Blasio indeed clears the 40 percent threshold.
“If he goes down a little bit, he could slip below that 40 percent line, and if he does, even if it’s 39.9, the law says there has to be a runoff," Ryan said.
Easing pressure on the Board of Elections, they’re already planning a runoff for public advocate.
The only question is whether the mayor's race gets added to the ballot strip.
"There’s going to be a runoff in three weeks, no matter what. People are going to come out and vote for public advocate. The only remaining question is whether or not the mayoral candidates are going to join them in that runoff," Ryan said.
If in fact the runoff is only for public advocate, it will make for a strange allocation of resources.
Board of Elections officials estimate it will cost $13 million to administer the runoff.
That's more than five times the annual budget of the public advocates's office, which is just $2.3 million.