Tenney campaign wants judge to order elections officials to certify results that show her the winner


OSWEGO, N.Y. — In a motion filed in State Supreme Court in Oswego, attorneys for Republican candidate Claudia Tenney asked a judge to direct the boards of elections in the eight counties that make up the 22nd Congressional District to certify the results provided to the court on Monday November 30.

Those tallies of all votes give Tenney a 12-vote lead.

The Brindisi Campaign, in their court filing, asked Judge Scott Del Conte to have each county Board of Election gather their ballots and review any objections, mark those objections on the back of the ballots, indicate the resolution of the objections and mark if the ballots has been counted or not. Brindisi also asked the judge to order Oneida County to conduct a limited manual audit in districts where contested ballots may or may not have been included in the tally. The Brinidisi Campaign also asked he judge to order Chenango County to count the 55 recently discovered ballots and allow for the opportunity to file objections.

Tuesday, the Chenango County Attorney notified the court that elections officials there had discovered 55 early voting ballots that had not yet been counted. The attorney told the court he had instructed the board of elections not to open the ballots and would await instruction from the court. There has been no response from the court on that matter.

On election night, Tenney held a lead of more than 28,000 votes. But absentees heavily favored Brindisi. Both candidates have brought the election to court as each camp has challenged hundreds of ballots.

The district covers all or parts of Madison, Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, Cortland, Chenango, Broome, and Tioga counties.

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