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55 Uncounted Ballots Found, Likely to Add to Republican Tennay’s Lead in NY House Race

The ballots are expected to go to Tenney based on party affiliation.


The situation in the House of representatives just keeps getting more interesting.

It looks like another Republican victory may be on the horizon!

On Tuesday, Chenango County in New York found 55 uncounted ballots that were cast during the early voting period in the State.

On Monday, Republican Claudia Tenney led by only 12 points over Democrat Anthony Brindisi.

These 55 are expected to add some breathing room for Tenney and her razor-thin lead.

The Associated Press has more on this suddent turn of events:

Nearly a month after Election Day, a county in New York on Tuesday said it had discovered a small batch of uncounted ballots with the potential to sway the outcome of one of the nation’s closest battles for a seat in Congress.

Chenango County informed a state judge it had discovered 55 ballots cast during the state’s early voting period in the ultra-tight race between U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger, former U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney.

“Those ballots were apparently mislaid and never counted,” Chenango County Attorney Alan Gordon wrote to Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte.

The discovery of the uncounted ballots in the rural county of around 47,000 people came a day after local elections officials in the 22nd Congressional District reported what were supposed to have been their final vote totals to the judge. Those totals — which didn’t include the newly discovered ballots — had showed Tenney with a 12-vote lead.

“I have advised our Board of Elections to not open any of those ballots and to secure them in their offices,” Gordon said, adding that he was awaiting the court’s instructions on what to do next.

He said that of the 55 ballots, 11 appeared to have been cast by unregistered voters.

The final result in the race won’t be known until DelConte rules on challenges to more than 2,000 disputed absentee and affidavit ballots cast in the contest.

The 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.

Here's National Review with more information:

Eleven of the 55 ballots appear to be from unregistered voters, while the remaining 44 could undo Tenney’s lead. However, the New York Supreme Court is expected to rule this week on challenges that have been made against over 2,000 other absentee and affidavit ballots in the race.

Chenango County Elections Commissioner Carol Franklin told she did not know why the votes had not been counted.

“My guess is they came in early and they were put aside and mislaid,” Franklin said. “I would hope that we could open them tomorrow with representatives present from each campaign.”

The race has taken a number of twist and turns since Election Night, when Tenney initially led by 29,000 votes before mail-in votes were counted, eliminating her lead. Last week, Brindisi picked up a double-digit lead that later disappeared after two counties said they had made tabulation errors.

While many are confidant that these votes will go to Tenney, others are a bit apprehensive.

They question why mysterious uncounted ballots keep being found in Democrat controlled States.


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