BINGHAMTON, NY – Tuesday, the Broome County Board of Elections began the canvassing of contested ballots in the race for the 22nd Congressional District seat, a full six weeks after election day.
Per a State Supreme Court order, each of the eight county board of elections in the district are reviewing and correcting any errors that might have occurred on ballots which have been contested by one of the campaigns.
Republican Broome County Board of Elections commissioner Mark Smith explained the process.
"…review all the ballots that might have been improperly counted or improperly marked. We’re not expecting any changes in votes, but we’re just going back and reviewing any challenges and how we ruled on them - as the board or as the two commissioners," said Smith.
The BOE says it should be finished by the end of the day Tuesday, but Smith adds there are different situations for other counties.
Oswego, Madison and Herkimer counties began their canvassing on Monday. Broome and Tioga started Tuesday. Oneida, Cortland, and Chenango start on Wednesday.
Republican challenger Claudia Tenney leads incumbent Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 12 votes as of the last official tally on
November 30. The 22nd District is the last Congressional race still to be certified in the country.
Information from WBNG in Binghamton was used in this report.