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Tedisco-Murphy Race Down to About 1,000 Votes

Monday, 20 Apr 2009 07:35 PM

By David A. Patten

A New York judge on Monday ordered county election officials to forward over 1,000 contested ballots in historically close New York District 20 race to the State Board of Elections by Thursday.

New York Judge James V. Brands ordered, however, that the ballots are not to be counted until a further hearing is held, presumably to set a schedule on when and under what circumstances the ballots would be opened.

Those ballots appear to be Republican Jim Tedisco’s best chance of overturning Democrat Scott Murphy’s current, unofficial lead of 273 ballots. That lead has been holding steady since late Friday.

Major changes in the current margin separating the two candidates are not expected before next week.

Tedisco will have an opportunity this week to make up some lost ground, however, thanks to an earlier ruling by Brands that disputed ballots can be counted if both Republican and Democratic county officials agree the votes are valid.

Four of the district’s 10 counties have yet to count ballots that election commissioners from both parties are ready to accept.

On Tuesday, Saratoga and Warren counties will count their agreed-upon ballots, followed Wednesday by Washington and Otsego counties.

Precisely how many ballots the ruling pertains to is unknown, but sources tell Newsmax the number is not expected to exceed 100.

Sources tell Newsmax that Brand has scheduled another hearing for Monday April 27, presumably to set the schedule for counting the contested ballots now being forwarded to the State Board of Elections.

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