Talk about planning ahead.

We still have three full days remaining before voters head to the polls, and congressional candidate Dan Maffei’s campaign has already gone to court seeking an impoundment order for all ballots cast in the NY-24 race.

YNN Syracuse’s intrepid Bill Carey tells me a hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on Monday in front of state Supreme Court Justice Deborah H. Karalunas.

Maffei spokesman Marc Bruner said: “This is a standard practice in potentially close races to ensure a fair and accurate count of every vote.” (Yes, that’s true. But this seems early to me…or maybe it’s just me).

Early or not, this isn’t terribly surprising, given the fact that Maffei lost his seat to Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle – the woman he’s now trying to unseat – back in 2010 by less than 700 votes.

A Siena poll released last month found Maffei and Buerkle in a dead heat, with both receiving 43 percent of the vote. Green Party candidate Usula Rozum was at 7 percent, (which explains why the Republicans are so keen to keep her in the race and perhaps even boost her performance) and 6 percent were undecided.

Siena is scheduled to release its second assessment of this race over the weekend. The contest is widely considered one of the top 10 most competitive House races in the country.

UPDATE: Here are all the legal documents:

Maffei Legal Papers