In a tight race with candidates separated by about 100 votes, election officials marked counted contested ballots with Post-It Notes, which then fell off leaving courtroom mayhem
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Forget the presidential election. These house races have all the drama Americans crave!
The race is important because Republican Claudia Tenney leads “incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi by more than 100 votes.”
The problem going on with New York’s 22nd Congressional District is something out of a movie. Oswego County Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte uttered something no one wants to hear:
“We have a serious problem on our hands.”
I’m not kidding. It involves sticky notes on absentee ballots in Oneida County:
The concern is over absentee ballots in Oneida County, where the board of elections commissioners testified they cannot establish if some absentee ballots that were marked were included in the original count.
During the proceeding, Justice DelConte ruled that any ballot with marks outside of a circle, but within a candidate’s box will be considered a valid vote with clear intent.
As the court continued, questions arose as to whether challenged ballots that did not include a “sticky note” indicating the problem were included in the original vote count.
12 News Senior Reporter Josh Rosenblatt reported, “when asked how the court should determine if these ballots were previously included in the counting if they don’t have a sticky, the commissioner responded, ‘you can’t’.”
The New York State Supreme Court, which is the trial court not the highest court in the state (that would be the Court of Appeals) just issued an injunction, which will not allow eight counties to certify the NY22 race.
BREAKING NEWS: State Supreme Court orders injunction blocking 8 counties in #NY22 from certifying results in congressional race between @RepBrindisi and @ClaudiaTenney. Boards of Elections can certify presidential and other races by state deadline. (Via @NewsChannel9’s @LMGulino) pic.twitter.com/J1LH2ncz3o
— Andrew Donovan (@AndrewDonovan) November 24, 2020
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