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22nd Congressional Race: Judge outlines schedule for upcoming court proceedings

Two and a half months after voters cast their ballots in the 2020 election, the 22nd Congressional district still does not have representation. Court Proceedings continued on Monday with testimony from the Oneida County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Carol Anne Cardone.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 6:33 PM

OSWEGO COUNTY, N.Y. ---- Two and a half months after voters cast their ballots in the 2020 election, the 22nd Congressional district still does not have representation. Court Proceedings continued on Monday with testimony from the Oneida County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Carol Anne Cardone.

The judge also touching on the issue that was learned on Friday involving voter registrations through the NYS DMV. It was learned, that the Oneida County Board of Elections failed to process 2,418 voter registration forms before elections day. This caused those voters to not show up on registration lists at poll sites and either did not vote or were handed an affidavit ballot.

The judge asked legal counsel on both sides to produce legal arguments on that issue and present them to the court on Thursday.

Anthony Brindisi's team held a virtual press conference on Monday with Brindisi's lawyer Marc Elias. Elias served as legal counsel to Hillary Clinton's Campaign in 2016 and with John Kerry's campaign in 2004. This year, New York introduced a law requiring elections to be recounted if the margin for victory is 0.5% or lower. As things stand now, the margin for the 22nd race is closer than that.

Elias said his team hasn't been thinking about that yet and hopes to take this process one step at a time.

"We're focused on getting the counting done. What I've learned over the years from doing these is that you're better off taking one step at a time. I think if all the lawful ballots are counted, you will see that Congressman Brindisi is returned to Congress. And then the question for recounts won't really materialize," said Elias.

NEWSCHannel 2 did reach out to Claudia Tenney's campaign for a comment on Wednesday's proceedings but did not hear back from their campaign.

Closing arguments on the court cases are scheduled to take place on January 22nd. A final decision on the contested ballots may not come until February.

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