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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-31-10 02:53 PM
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6. Welcome to DU! NY election law has never allowed full post-election-night recounts.
Edited on Fri Dec-31-10 02:56 PM by Bill Bored
NY election law has never allowed post-election-night recounts of paper ballots that were counted at the polls. The court understood that much. They could have made it clear that the reason for this was the ballot tampering that occurred in past elections, but they wouldn't even go there.

All they did was affirm the lower courts' decision to certify the election, without hearing expert testimony, as a non-abuse of discretion.

The Dem lawyers did NOT have that testimony available to show the high court, which could have ordered the lower court to hear it.

You can read that testimony yourself here:

This makes me think the Dems may have just been putting on a show and had no intention of getting all the votes counted. After all, they didn't fight for a hand count in Erie County, where they lost a Senate seat in another close race and there were definite bugs discovered in the voting system. Assemblymember and Senator-elect Gianaris was litigating that one.

Many of the arguments made by the Repubs in the SD 7 case could have been refuted by the Dem lawyers, but weren't. Either they're not the brightest lights on the tree, or they decided to take a dive so Andy Cuomo could have his undivided (GOP) Senate to work with. This way, he can blame the Repubs for all the budget cuts he'll have to make, etc. That's hard to do with one-party rule.
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