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NY-22 waits for court ruling on Oneida DMV problem

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(WBNG) -- For the next few days, all anyone in New York's Congressional District 22 can do is wait.

Final arguments were made Friday in NYS Supreme Court as to what should be done with 69 challenged votes in Oneida County, and Justice Scott DelConte said he will render his decision early next week.

These 69 ballots are part of a larger issue: up to 2400 county residents registered to vote on time through the state DMV website, but their applications were not processed by the Oneida County Board of Elections, potentially disenfranchising them.

Republican Claudia Tenney currently leads Democrat Anthony Brindisi by 29 votes in what is the last undecided congressional race in the country.

In briefings submitted to the court Thursday, the Tenney campaign argued not only can those voters not be retroactively registered, but that the justice has no jurisdiction to fix errors made by county BOEs.

The Brindisi campaign, arguing in favor of counting the ballots (which are said to skew heavily Democratic), said because the voters made no mistake of their own their votes should be counted.

Legal briefings on issues other than this one are due on Wednesday, 1/20, and final arguments for this entire ongoing lawsuit will follow on Friday, 1/22.

Josh Rosenblatt

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