22nd Congressional District Proceedings continue in Oswego County Supreme Court

A new lawyer for Anthony Brindisi's legal team, claims of voter fraud from Claudia Tenney's legal team, and countless hours of meticulous judicial review are the highlights of today's court proceedings.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 7:09 PM

OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. --- A new lawyer for Anthony Brindisi's legal team, claims of voter fraud from Claudia Tenney's legal team, and countless hours of meticulous judicial review are the highlights of Tuesday's court proceedings. 

On Tuesday, the court continued to conduct judicial review of challenged ballots in the 22nd congressional race. The court reviewed just under 400 challenged Broome County ballots. During the review, the common issue of registered Broome County voters casting their ballots at the wrong polling location came up.

Brindisi's legal team also withdrew their objections on dozens of ballots they originally challenged. That resulted in those ballots being removed from the count. Brindisi's legal team did not provide an explanation for why they were doing that.

Brindisi's legal team also brought a significant development to Tuesday's proceedings. Brindisi's lawyers asked Judge Delconte before the court broke for lunch, to bring in a 6th lawyer to the proceedings. The lawyer they chose has quite the reputation. His name is Marc Elias, he was Hillary Clinton's lawyer during the 2016 election and also served John Kerry during the 2004 election. Elias specializes in election law. Specifically post-election legal battles. Judge Delconte granted Brindisi's legal team their wish, adding Elias to their team. Elias will now be allowed to oversee and weigh in on the proceedings.

Signatures on ballots continued to be an issue on Tuesday. Tenney's campaign flagging a number of ballots where the signatures did not match the voter's registration. This resulted in the Tenney campaign's first claim of voter fraud since the proceedings began. Tenney's campaign flagged one Broome County ballot that Tenney's campaign said had a different signature from their original voter documents. Brindisi's campaign stating there was evidence that the woman was married and changed her last name. 

Oswego county Supreme Court Justice Scot Delconte has insisted since the beginning of the proceedings, there has been no evidence of voter fraud in this election.

In terms of technological abilities, Judge Delconte added the court is operating at its maximum in terms of what it can handle. Judge Delconte said to Brindisi's legal team when they asked to bring in Election Lawyer, Marc Elias, said any further additions to this virtual courtroom would only further complicate an already complicated process.

Judge Delconte has yet to make a ruling that would change the vote lead. As things stand, Claudia Tenney leads Anthony Brindisi by 29 votes. A lead that will likely fluctuate until all of the challenged ballots have been ruled on. The court will begin its review of Oneida County's 444 challenged ballots on Wednesday morning.

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