HERKIMER - Counties across Central New York are in the midst of their state-mandated 3% audit and recanvass of the 22nd Congressional District race.
One of those is Herkimer County, where the counting got underway at approximately 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
Representatives of both Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney and Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi are inside a small room at the Herkimer County Board of Elections, where they're counting absentee ballots. The vast majority of Herkimer County is in the 22nd District, so the vote count could take a while.
If one of the Board of Elections commissioners has to bring ballots from one room to another, someone from the opposing party has to accompany them. This illustrates the all-out effort to ensure everything is done properly and avoid even the slightest impropriety.
As of last check, Brindisi continues to lead Tenney by a count of 117,931 – 116,638. There are more than 16,000 absentee ballots to be counted across the eight counties which make up the district, plus a few thousand more provisional and military ballots.