OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. --- Lawyers from Anthony Brindisi's legal team and Claudia Tenney's legal team presented their arguments to the court regarding the over 2,400 voter registrations that were not processed by Oneida County BOE. Each side presented their argument for why the challenged ballots should or should not be counted.
Brindisi's legal team was called out by the court for requesting 69 of the 2,400 ballots to be counted. Brindisi's legal team stating those 69 ballots were properly identified and objected to and should be reviewed. Their legal team said the ballots were flagged because there was no registration information relating to the ballot.
They said this is ultimately how they discovered the more than 2,400 voter registration applications that voters submitted through the NYS DMV that the Oneida County BOE failed to process before the election. Brindisi's team went on to say that if these voters properly submitted their applications on time and are eligible to vote, then they have every right to cast their ballot and have it counted.
Claudia Tenney's legal team claims there's no way to prove these voters are eligible without having their voter registration information. Their team said those 69 votes should not be counted, because it would be unfair and illegal.
Judge Delconte then pointed out to Anthony Brindisi's legal team that the 69 ballots they would like to be counted are predominantly democratic voters. Mixed in that bunch are also republican and independent voters.
What aggravated the judge is the fact that the Oneida County Board of Elections failed to notify either candidate about the issue. The judge adding that some of the staff on the Board of Election had no idea about the over 2,400 registration applications.
He added that this mistake will ultimately cost one of these candidates the election.
The judge will make a decision on Friday's legal argument early next week. Oral arguments will continue in court next Friday. As the vote count stands, for now, Republican Claudia Tenney leads Democrat Anthony Brindisi by 29 votes.