Las Vegas Meals Drive for the needy

National review

The judge declares Republican Claudia Tenney the winner of the NY Congressional Race

A New York judge has ordered the state to certify Republican Claudia Tenney as the winner of the state’s 22nd Congressional District elections after months of delays due to counting errors. The decision restricts the already narrow Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, which now has 221 seats compared to 212 Republicans. Tenney defeated incumbent Democrat Anthony Brindisi by just 109 votes, regaining the seat she lost to Brindisi in 2018. The election was tarnished by issues such as the countless numbers of ballot papers being discovered and what the local media dubbed “StickyGate,” where sticky note identification mysteriously fell off a number of controversial ballots and polling officials were unsure whether those ballots were counted were or not. In addition, one county was unable to process applications to register 2,400 voters before election day. New York Supreme Court Justice Scott J. DelConte ruled that despite the election errors, the court was forced to order Tenney’s certification as the winner. DelConte found no evidence of election fraud. “The record of this election reflects that both candidates have suffered the effects of systematic violations of state and federal electoral law,” DelConte wrote in his ruling. The court “cannot investigate or respond to these systemic violations of voting rights”. Such an investigation would fall within the purview of the State Board of Elections, the US Department of Justice, or the governor. Nonetheless, DelConte wrote, “Every single valid vote cast in New York’s 22nd Congressional District has been considered and counted.” Tenney welcomed the judge’s decision. “I am honored to have won this race,” said Tenney in a statement. “It was a highly competitive campaign and I thank Anthony Brindisi for his service. After each legal vote has been counted, it is time for the results to be confirmed. “The election campaign in Brindisi could still appeal the election results. Brindisi could also appeal to the House, which has the power to order a recount and even a new election. “I am shocked and surprised by this decision because of the myriad of mistakes and inconsistencies that have appeared during this first count,” said Brindisi. “I believe a full hand check and recount is the only way to solve this race.”

Comments are closed.