Oneida County Board of Elections completes canvass; all counties expected to certify next week

The Oneida County Board of Elections has completed a court-ordered review and canvass of 1,097 ballots in the race for the 22nd Congressional District.

Posted: Jan 29, 2021 6:28 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2021 11:33 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The Oneida County Board of Elections has completed a court-ordered review and canvass of 1,097 ballots in the race for the 22nd Congressional District, adding 232 votes to Republican Claudia Tenney’s total, and 139 to Democrat Anthony Brindisi’s tally.

The court reviewed the ballots that were initially rejected because of issues with voter registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Oswego County Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte ordered the BOE to recanvass the ballots because the voters registered on time, and according to election law, their votes should be counted.

After the canvass, which took place Wednesday through Friday, the following results were reported:

  • 393 affidavit ballots were opened and counted. Each of these were objected to by both campaigns, and the ballots were copied and the copies preserved in the re-sealed ballot envelopes pursuant to the Order of the Court. 94 of these counted ballots were numbered among the exhibits previously reviewed by the court;
  • 41 affidavit ballots were rejected due to untimely voter registration appliations but were objected to at the table. The ballots and the objections thereto have been preserved for further judicial review;
  • 20 affidavit ballots were presented at the table but were not counted due to other objections raised by the parties. The ballots and the objections thereto have been preserved for further judicial review.

Tenney now leads Brindisi by 122 votes.

DelConte also issued a decision Friday on ballots challenged across the district for various reasons, including marks on the ballots, ballots cast at the wrong voting site or in the wrong county, and problems with registration applications.

Seven counties in the district are ordered to retrieve ballots from Oswego County Supreme Court on Monday, and complete final canvasses by Tuesday.

NEWSChannel 2 reached out to both campaigns for reaction to Judge DelConte’s decision.

In an interview, Claudia Tenney said, “It appears that we have a pretty good lead going into the final canvass which will be Monday. They're not going to be that many more ballots counted based on what his ruling says. So, I do feel like depending on how those turn out, I think the lead that we built up over the last three days in Oneida County will probably hold and we hope to be certified as soon as possible. But of course, I'm sure that either way there will be an appeal. So we'll find out how quickly the appellate division rules on this case.”

We received a statement from the Anthony Brindisi campaign stating:

“The integrity, accuracy, and efficiency of this process has always been the Brindisi campaign’s priority. With ballots still to be counted as part of the initial count and pending appeals from both parties it is important not to rush to judgement. We are hopeful that once all the legal ballots are counted, Anthony will be certified the winner." -Luke Jackson, Brindisi for Congress

Read DelConte’s full decision below:

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