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Dead man wins NY election…

Nojay not the first to win election posthumously

The death of state Assemblyman William Nojay by suicide Friday did not prevent him from winning a Republican Party primary Tuesday against Honeoye Falls Mayor Richard Milne.

If such a thing has ever happened in the Rochester area, it has been a long time at the least. Across the country, though, a dead person winning an election is unusual but by no means unprecedented

Consider the scale: A 2012 report from the U.S. Census Bureau reported there are nearly 90,000 local governments in the nation, nearly all composed of elected members.

With that many candidates, it is inevitable that some will die after their names are printed on the ballot, and that some will be elected. Just in the last 20 years, it has happened a number of times, including in a vote for a U.S. senator.

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