Democrat Pramilla Malick's bid to challenge Republican Sen. John Bonacic in the Nov. 8 general election generated more than 2,200 write-in votes in a Democratic primary on Tuesday, the results of which won't be known until the names are read and counted.

Malick, an environmental activist from Minisink, filed an opportunity-to-ballot petition that enabled Democratic voters to write in her name or anyone else's in a primary to choose a Democratic challenger for Bonacic, who would otherwise have gone unopposed. The Mount Hope Republican countered by appealing to Democratic voters in the four-county 42nd Senate District to write in his name.

The results on Tuesday recorded only the number of write-in votes cast, not the names voters had written. Boards of elections must now count those names, along with absentee ballots.

Chris McKenna