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Amedore certified winner, Dems appeal pending

Republican grasps 37-vote lead in 46th Senate race, but Tkaczyk isn’t conceding

Republican George Amedore casts his ballot on Election Day at Schalmont High School in Rotterdam. Amedore was certified the winner of the 46th Senate District race on Wednesday, Dec. 19, but Democrats are planning to appeal the decision.

Republican George Amedore casts his ballot on Election Day at Schalmont High School in Rotterdam. Amedore was certified the winner of the 46th Senate District race on Wednesday, Dec. 19, but Democrats are planning to appeal the decision. Photo by John Purcell.

— Gary Ginsburg, a spokesman for Tkaczyk, chided Tomlinson for sustaining objections to hundreds of votes that he claims should be counted.

“These ballots include votes cast by election inspectors that voted early at the direction of both Republican and Democratic election commissioners and hundreds of affidavit ballots that were thrown out because of minor errors,” Ginsburg said in an email.

Tkaczyk had a narrow lead on election night of around 150 votes and had even declared victory, but her lead was whittled away before opening any absentee or affidavit ballots. During recanvassing of votes, an error was found in Greene County that led Tkaczyk to lose her Election Day lead and trail Amedore by around 50 votes.

In Greene County, the numbers were called into the board of elections, which is believed to have resulted in a “human error” affecting some vote counts. The error wasn’t believed to have been malicious, according to election officials.

Such errors are less common now because ballots are tallied electronically and the information is taken off a thumb drive instead of being called in. There is usually a second drive locked away with the machine.

Ginsburg said the majority of objections sustained by Judge Tomlinson were from Ulster County, where Tkaczyk had a strong showing, with several hundred tossed aside by the court. Tkaczyk’s campaign plans to petition to have those ballots opened after all.

The outcome of the race has been closely watched as the balance of power in the Senate chamber was split between Republicans and Democrats. But a coalition of Democrats have since announced they would caucus with Republicans in the upcoming session.

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