Oneida County Admits Elections Violations in 22nd Congressional Race
The Associated Press reports the U.S. Department of Justice has reached an agreement with a county elections board in central New York over voter registrations and provisional ballots in the wake of federal election law violations coming to light in the tightly contested 22nd district congressional race last year.
The Justice Department and the Oneida County Board of Elections filed the proposed consent decree with a federal court on Monday, July 12. The court must still approve it.
The discovery of the violations came in the course of determining who had won New York’s 22nd Congressional District. A judge ruled in February that former Republican Representative Claudia Tenney defeated the then-incumbent, Anthony Brindisi, by 109 votes to regain her seat in Congress.
In addition to failure to meet deadlines for recording voter registrations, other anomalies in the contest included misplaced ballots discovered in Chenango County-twice and sticky notes that didn't stay stuck on ballots to mark which ones were in question.
Meanwhile, July 12, Brindisi announced he would seek the Democratic nomination for State Supreme Court.