Chenango County finds more ballots

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Fifty-five uncounted ballots from early voting in the Nov. 3 election were found in Chenango County, potentially adding a further complication in the undecided outcome of the 22nd Congressional District contest.

Chenango County Attorney Alan Gordon informed New York Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte on Tuesday that the county’s Board of Elections told him earlier in the day that they had found 55 uncounted early voting ballots. They were apparently mislaid and never counted, he told the judge in a letter made part of the court file.

Elections officials told Gordon that 11 ballots were from people not registered to vote, leaving 44 potentially to add to the 22nd District total. Gordon asked DelConte for direction on how to proceed.

Republican Claudia Tenney leads first-term incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi by 12 votes, 155,492 to 155,480, after each of the eight involved county election boards reported tallies of ballots cast early, on Election Day and in absentee, military, overseas and affidavit voting. The next court session in the matter is scheduled for Monday.

Both candidates have sought judicial oversight of the handling of ballots, particularly regarding how either side challenged ballots, and DelConte had asked each board to report what it has counted.

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