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Battle for state Senate seat continues

December 15, 2012
The Leader Herald

FONDA-Votes that had objections to them removed or overruled were counted Friday for the 46th state Senate District as the court battle between Republican George Amedore and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk continues.

According to Tkaczyk's campaign, ballots, which were objected to but had those objections withdrawn or overruled by the court, were counted for Ulster, Albany, Schenectady and Montgomery counties.

According to the campaign, Ulster County counts were 128 votes for Tkaczyk and 55 for Amedore. Albany had 15 for Tkaczyk and four for Amedore. Schenectady had 9 for Tkaczyk and 23 for Amedore, and Montgomery County had 9 for Tkaczyk and 15 for Amedore.

Following the count, Amedore gained 97 votes and Tkaczyk gained 161. Amedore leads by 47 votes.

The campaigns are set to consider ballots in Greene County on Monday.

A statement sent by the Tkaczyk campaign said the following:

"This counting is far from over. There are still hundreds of outstanding objections that have to be ruled on by the Appellate Court. These include votes cast by election inspectors who voted early at the instruction of both Republican and Democratic Election Commissioners and hundreds of affidavit ballots that were thrown out because of minor errors."

Amedore and Tkaczyk are battling for votes in the tight race. Courts are determining the validity of several hundred ballots.

Gary Ginsburg, spokesman for Tkaczyk's campaign, said the campaign is awaiting a ruling by the Appellate Division on objections and overrulings of some ballots made by Judge Guy Tomlinson.



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