A judge's ruling has cleared the way for the counting of absentee ballots to begin in the 22nd Congressional District race. Currently, 28,394 votes separate frontrunner, Claudia Tenney, the Republican challenger, from Democrat incumbent, Anthony Brindisi.
So far, the eight counties in the district have received a total of 58,672 absentee ballots from voters. That number could increase, as military and overseas ballots can still be counted, as long as they're received by Nov. 16 and postmarked by Nov. 3.
Oneida, Tioga, Broome and Chenango Counties plan to begin counting absentee ballots on Thursday. Cortland County has finished; 3545 of their absentees went to Brindisi, 1101 to Tenney, and 130 to Libertarian, Keith Price.
The counting of absentees could take more than a week, when taking into consideration the military and overseas ballots.
"New York voters deserve to have their voices heard. The Brindisi campaign welcomes this court ruling, firmly believes every legal ballot should be counted, and will fight to make sure voters are not silenced. Elections aren't won or lost on Twitter or in the courtroom, they're settled at the ballot box. We look forward to the count of every legal ballot," said Brindisi spokesperson, Luke Jackson.
"The judge made clear today that there should be no objected to ballot included in the final count until it was resolved and that all reasonable requests by the campaigns should be accommodated by the boards of elections. The counting begins and we are confident Claudia will emerge the clear winner shortly," said Tenney spokesperson, Sean Kennedy.