Absentee ballots in race for Romaine's former seat split along party lines

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With little more than a week left before balloting, 1,002 voters have requested absentee ballots for the Jan. 15 special election for Edward Romaine’s former First District legislative seat.

The requests are nearly evenly split between both major parties in the race between Riverhead’s Republican Supervisor Sean Walter and Democratic Southold town board member Alfred Krupski.

Republican voters have requested 385 absentee ballots, while Democrats have sought 344. Another 217 voters not aligned to any party have also requested absentee ballots. Among the minor parties, 38 Independence Party voters have sought absentee ballots, along with 16 Conservatives and two Working Families Party members.

While the deadline to get absentee ballots mailed is Jan. 8, a voter can make an in-person request for an absentee ballot at the Board of Elections in Yaphank until  Jan. 14.

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