by Dave Warner
Two months after the November 3, 2020 election, the congressional race between Democrat incumbent Anthony Brindisi and Republican Claudia Tenney has not been called in time for one of them to be sworn into office for the new Congressional session, which starts today.
On December 8, 2020, a State Supreme Court Justice ordered all eight county Boards of Elections in the NY-22 race to immediately ‘correct’ all canvassing errors, and when those errors couldn’t be corrected, they were to recanvass those ballots.
At last count, Claudia Tenney had 155,862 votes and Anthony Brindisi had 155,833, giving Tenney a 29 vote lead.
In a recent interview, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise stated, “Look at a state like Florida, a very large state. They were able to get their results in by 10 o’clock at night. New York State is still counting votes right now in a Congressional race. They’re still counting votes and finding ballots. That’s really what undermines public trust.”
Luke Jackson, a Brindisi for Congress spokesman stated, “This Congressional seat belongs to New York’s voters and they need to have their voices heard. Anthony Brindisi has worked from day one to correct the errors in this election’s administration and ensure every lawful vote is counted accurately. There are hundreds of ballots still to be determined and as those ballots are considered in the coming weeks the balance in this election will continue to change.”
“We are confident that after New York resolves this process in a timely manner, and the voters have their voices heard, Anthony will be the winner and seated in Congress,” he said.
Tenney recently stated, “I want to thank everyone across our region and across the country who have been so supportive throughout this very long journey. Election day was a long time ago and if anything that my race highlights, is the disfunction with our election system and the fact that we need to fix it.”
“We feel that once all the legal votes are counted and the facts are applied to the law we will be victorious and certified as the winner in this district,” she said.
Justice Scott DelConte will have everyone back in court today, January 4, 2021, and will eventually rule on the validity of hundreds of challenged ballots.EFC_2020_1376_Claudia_Tenney_v_Claudia_Tenney_DECISION___ORDER_ON_110