Where We Stand In The 46th
Republican Senate candidate George Amedore gained 163 votes in Greene County during recanvassing today, while that same process resulted in Cecilia Tkaczyk losing 30 in the county, local elections officials there said.
The recanvassing from just one out of the five counties in district today gives Amedore a 54-vote lead, but thousands of absentee and paper affidavit ballots remain unopened.
County commissioners from Albany, Greene, Montgomery, Ulster and Schenectady counties in the newly created 46h Senate District that stretches from the Mohawk Valley to the Hudson Valley held a conference call at 4:30 this afternoon to discuss progress in the recanvassing effort with Judge Guy Tomlinson.
The additional boards of election today reported no changes in their recanvassing or 3 percent audits of the Nov. 6 results.
No decisions by the judge were expected to be made by this afternoon.
As Jimmy Vielkind reported earlier today, Republicans are protesting Tomlinson’s order to have a simultaneous counting of the absentee ballots in order to meet a Dec. 1 deadline for preisdential electors, while Democrats claim the GOP are intentionally trying to slow the process.
But David Lewis, a lawyer for the Senate Republicans who is no stranger to prolonged court battles with Democrats, argued that the judges first order should supersede his second. Republicans proposed focusing first on the race between Democrat Justin Wagner and Greg Ball, which at the time was undecided. Coincidentally, Wagner conceded the race this morning.
Still, there’s fretting on the part of some county elections officials that waiting to open absentee and affidavit ballots would take far too long.
“If we start Nov. 27, we won’t be done by Dec. 1. I guarantee you,” said Ulster County Democratic Commissioner Victor Work in a phone interview. “There’s not enough time.”
For instance, if the judge’s second order is rescinded, Ulster County wouldn’t open its paper ballots until Nov. 27. The county has 3,357 absentee ballots and 1,099 affidavit ballots to review and count.
The process of counting paper ballots in a closely contested race tend to be arduous with lawyers for each candidate scrutinize every ink smudge in effort to gain an edge.
There is a lot at stake with this race.
Democrat Terry Gipson leads Republican Sen. Stephen Saland in a Poughkeepsie area district by 1,6000 with roughly 8,000 absentee ballots to be counted, giving Democrats a likely edge.
A victory by both Tkaczyk and Gipson would mean Republicans are one vote shy of gaining the need 32nd to keep their majority following the defection of Democratic Brooklyn Sen.-elect Simcha Felder.
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