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Justices order ballots opened in 46th SD count

Jan 10, 2013 6:44 am
Jimmy Vielkind reports in the Times Union a state appeals court has ordered election officials to open 99 additional ballots in the close 46th state Senate District race. The five justices were unanimous in the decision, issued Wed., Jan. 9. The move has the potential to erase Republican George Amedore's 37-vote margin of victory. Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT-chik) filed the case last month, arguing a Montgomery County judge was wrong in invalidating roughly 450 ballots and certifying Amedore as the winner after a three-week court supervised count. Fifty-three of the invalidated ballots were cast by election workers in Ulster County who filled out and submitted special ballots more than two weeks before Election Day. It was not immediately clear when the ballots would be opened. It is also unclear if the ruling will be appealed. Read the full story in the Times Union. A copy of the ruling can be found here.