A state Supreme Court justice has scheduled court review of paper ballots in the undecided 22nd Congressional District election to start Monday morning in Oswego.
Justice Scott DelConte issued an order Friday for review of objections to ballots by the two campaigns to begin at 9 a.m. Monday and continue through at least 2 p.m. He scheduled review of affidavit ballots for 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Because of COVID-19, attendance in person will be limited to attorneys for each campaign and representatives from each county elections board at the time they are scheduled.
Election boards from each of the eight counties all or partially in the sprawling district are to delivered for review. That is to include those not counted and those where the challenge was overruled and ballots were counted, as well as affidavit ballots not counted subject to objections.
After counties reported results from early voting, Election Day and absentee and certain other paper ballots, the race between first-term Democrat Anthony Brindisi of Utica and Republican former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney of New Hartford is in a near-tie.
The campaigns reported Thursday the margin was around 100 votes, and some media organizations said it was as small as 75 votes.
The two were separated by fewer than 4,500 votes in 2018, when Brindisi unseated Tenney, who’d won in 2016. Counting of paper ballots was also reviewed in court then.