NY court paves way for ballot count in Senate race

January 17, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's highest court is paving the way for the counting of additional disputed ballots in a state Senate race that can affect the complex balance of power in the chamber.

The decision not to consider an appeal by Republicans means a lower court will count 99 ballots, most of which were contested by the GOP.

Republican George Amedore led Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk by 37 votes on election night in November out of the 126,000 votes cast in the 46th Senate District,  which winds from Montgomery County to Ulster county.

The Court of Appeals decision ends a hold on the counting of ballots.

Republicans share majority power with a breakaway group of independent Democrats. The former Republican majority drew the 46th district in redistricting to try to hold the majority.

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