The counting of absentee and paper ballots resumes today in Montgomery County in the too-close-to-call race for the 46th Senate District.

Should Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk remain competitive with Republican George Amedore (and Democrats define “competitive” as being separated by less than 1,000 votes), then all eyes will turn to Ulster County on Monday.

Montgomery County Judge Guy Tomlinson ordered earlier this week counting begin Monday for Ulster County after the Board of Elections made the request.

Ulster County is where Senate Democrats expect to do especially well. It’s part of the old Congressional district that outgoing Rep. Maurice Hinchey represented in the House and the turf of Democrat Julian Schreibman who failed to unseat GOP incumbent Chris Gibson.

As of Tuesday, the absentee ballot count in Ulster County shows registered Democratic voters returned 1,469 ballots, while Republicans returned 948.

Conservative Party voters returned 60 and enrolled Independence Party members account for 141 of the ballots.

Of those with no party enrollment (small “i” independents), 916 ballots were sent back to the Board of Elections in Ulster.

The remaining ballots of were returned by the Green Party and Working Families Party all in small numbers (oddly, there’s also someone identified as being part of the Rent Is 2 Damn High party who returned a ballot as well).

The ballot count ending Wednesday on Thanksgiving eve gave Amedore a lead of more than 500.

Should Tkaczyk ultimately win, Democrats would have a numerical majority of 33 in the Senate, though newly elected Brooklyn Sen. Simcha Felder pledges to sit with the Republicans and the four-member Independent Democratic Conference says they will remain a separate entity.

The newly drawn 46th Senate District, which stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Hudson Valley, was added as a 63rd seat in the chamber during the redistricting process this year.

46th Senate Dist by Party as of 11-20-12-1