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22nd District Congressional district race could go into new year

It will be a working weekend for the Oneida County Board of Elections and their attorneys.

Posted: Dec 18, 2020 6:31 PM
Updated: Dec 18, 2020 6:35 PM

It will be a working weekend for the Oneida County Board of Elections and their attorneys.

"Over the weekend starting today then through Saturdray and Sunday, the board of elections is gonna go through all 1,700 ballots and check to see what the registration data shows as to each one of those," says Oneida County BOE attorney, Vincent Rossi. Rossi says that, with registration data from both candidates, the process of determining which ballots can be opened and potentially counted should go quickly.

"And then on Monday, we'll start here's ballot No. 1 and the candidates will be present, we object to this, because you can object for other reasons besides residency," said Rossi.

The goal is to quickly put aside undisputed ballots and present an Oswego County Court Judge, tentatively on Wednesday, with only the disputed ballots that require his review. All eight boards of elections in the 22nd district have to go before the judge, beginning on Monday, with Oswego County. Rossi points out that even once the judge rules on the disputed ballots, it might not be over.

"Whatever the judge decides is subject to appeal," said Rossi. "When the higher court considers it, if that happens, the higher court has to have a record of what happened before judge Del Conte. and putting together that record is, believe me, a huge pain in the neck and takes some time."

Considering the resources both Republican Challenger, Claudia Tenney, and Democrat Incumbent, Congressman Anthony Brindisi, have already put into the legal process, it would seem likely that whichever candidate comes out behind would appeal, making it likely that the process could go into January, leaving voters in the 22nd Congressional District without a Congressional representative in the start of the new year and new term.

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