HERKIMER – Additional counties are reporting final absentee ballot counts in the race for the 22nd Congressional District seat, and one candidate has gained a more than 3,200 vote lead.
The boards of election for Herkimer County and Broome County reported Friday they have completed their absentee and affidavit ballot counts.
Herkimer County says Democratic challenger Anthony Brindisi gained 658 additional votes, while Republican incumbent Claudia Tenney gained 574. That brings the total votes in Herkimer County to 10,223 for Tenney and 8,343 for Brindisi.
In Broome County, the BOE says Brindisi gained 2,959 absentee votes, while Tenney added 1,640. That brings Brindisi’s overall total to 40,365 in the county, and Tenney’s total to 31,382.
Election officials in the eight counties of New York's 22nd Congressional District began tallying more than 16,000 absentee and military ballots this week. Brindisi led Tenney by 1,293 votes before the absentee count started Wednesday.
On Thursday the Cortland and Madison county boards of elections completed their vote counts. The final, unofficial, count in Madison County left Brindisi with 1,063 votes and Tenney with 739, for a net gain of 324 votes for Brindisi. In Cortland County, 612 of the absentees went to Brindisi; 405 to Tenney, for a net gain of 207.
On election night, Brindisi led Tenney 117,931 to 116,638. After adding the four counties which have completed their tallies - Herkimer, Madison, Cortland, and Broome - Brindisi’s lead over Tenney increased to 3,227. Brindisi now leads Tenney 123,223–119,996.
“The ballots counted this week confirm what we saw on election night. Voters across the 22nd district wanted change, and they chose an independent voice who will work for them in Washington,” said Ellen Foster, campaign manager for Anthony Brindisi. “Throughout the vote counting process we’ve only expanded our lead it’s clear that Anthony Brindisi has won a decisive victory.”
Oneida, Chenango, Oswego, and Tioga counties have not yet completed their absentee ballot counts. Oneida, Chenango, and Oswego have 7,559 ballots left to be counted between them, so the race is not yet secure for Brindisi.
The Tioga County Board of Elections sent out 256 absentees in the 22nd district, and have received 205 back. They are still in the midst of their counting process.
Chenango County’s BOE started their count today. Oswego County says they are “trying” to have their count completed by Friday.
The Oneida County Board of Elections said Friday their tally may take until the middle of next week.