Recanvassing of ballots in congressional race begin in Oneida County

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This week, efforts to determine the winner in the 22nd Congressional race between Democrat incumbent Anthony Brindisi and Republican challenger Claudia Tenney continue as ballots are being recanvassed and legal wrangling continues in state Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte’s court.

A Wednesday release from Oneida County noted, “Pursuant to Judge DelConte’s Order of December 8, 2020, the Oneida County Board of Elections began this morning correcting administrative errors and recanvassing ballots in the manner directed by the court. Because of the recent spike in COVID-9 cases in Oneida County, the Board, in attempting to ensure the health and welfare of Board members and all individuals participating and/or witnessing the recanvass, employed protective measures. To that end, the attorneys for the respective commissioners were required to attend the meeting virtually. Unfortunately, in exercising an abundance of caution, and in attempting to safely and responsibly navigate the dangers of the pandemic, members of the press were incorrectly excluded from participating in person and remote access was not provided. This should not have happened.”

This is just the latest in the trek to sort out ballot issues In the weeks since election day.

The proceedings were livestreamed Wednesday, and it was noted that additional days would be livestreamed if they were needed.

A discovery of the uncounted ballots is the latest twist in a roller coaster of a race. Tenney led by several thousand votes on Election Day, but her lead evaporated as absentee ballots were counted.

Brindisi appeared to take a lead of a few votes, only to see his advantage later disappear after two counties said they had made tabulation errors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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