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Senate race down to objected ballots

Amedore has slight lead as counting wraps up and contest moves to court

— Amedore led by around 920 votes after absentee ballots were counted in Montgomery, Schenectady, Albany and Greene counties, but Tkaczyk whittled his lead down in Ulster County.

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 before absentee and affidavit ballots were opened.

Thomas Connolly, a spokesman for the state Board of Elections, said this kind of error is less common now that ballots are tallied electronically through optical scanners. Typically, he said, a county would have two thumb drives with the information. One is then locked away with the machine and the other is plugged in to post election results.

“Normally, for those counties that do it that way there isn’t a change in numbers,” Connolly said.

In Greene County, though, the numbers were called in to the local board of elections, which resulted in “human error” affecting some vote counts, Connolly said. The error isn’t believed to have been malicious, he said.

In the outside chance there were a tie in the race, Connolly said it would be considered a “failure to elect someone,” and no one would be named to the seat. The vacant seat would then fall under public officers law and likely be decided in a special election.

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