Smith said his department is familiar with the recount process, having just gone through it last year in the district attorney’s race when Libertarian candidate Michael Korchak (a registered member of the Republican party) defeated Republican Paul Battisti in a race that involved a recount. Oswego County Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte ruled Friday that representatives of each of the eight Board of Elections will need to appear in his courtroom beginning at 9 a.m., along with lawyers from the Claudia Tenney (R) campaign, and the Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) campaign. Tenney currently leads Brindisi by a couple hundred votes in one of the closest congressional races in the country. Once the results are certified, and if the margin remains razor-thin, there is the possibility of a recount. Smith said there are two ways for a recount to happen, both controlled by the courts: if the judge personally determines there is sufficient reason for a recount to occur or one of the candidates petitions for a recount on the basis of irregularities in the vote. While these proceedings take place, the counties will simultaneously be certifying their election results; in other words, the BOEs are recounting all of the votes to ensure they have the correct totals. Once the totals have been certified, the results will be official. The challenged ballots have already been included in the county’s vote totals; if the challenge is successful, the vote will be subtracted from the total. The opposite is true for the administrative rejections, which have not been included in the counts. If those rejections are overruled by Justice DelConte, they would need to be added, or “installed”, in the final count. (WBNG) — The immediate future of New York’s 22nd congressional district will be decided on Monday. During Monday’s proceedings, Justice DelConte will rule over the fates of at least 2,696 ballots. For a link to see the court order mandating this process, click here. A new bill passed this year by the state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will mandate an automatic recount for any race whose margin is either 20 votes or less, or is within half a percentage point. However, because the law does not go into effect until January, this election will not be subjected to an automatic recount. “The state’s giving us until November 28th to certify our results, but right now we’re going through and making sure all the ballots that were issued match all the ballots that were tallied,” said Mark Smith, the Broome County Board of Elections Republican Elections Commissioner. “(We’re) pretty much doing all the canvassing and recanvassing that we need to do in order to certify our results.” These ballots fall into four categories: ballots where a campaign has challenged their legality, and that challenge was sustained by elections commissioners; ballots that were challenged and the challenge was unsustained by the commissioners; ballots that were rejected for administrative reasons by the commissioners; and finally, in the case of Oswego County, 73 overseas and military ballots that have not yet been touched at all.
FOLLOW US Associated Press Television News COMMENT WATCH US LIVE First Published: 14th August, 2020 10:49 IST Written By Tua Tagovailoa was easy to identify Thursday even though he wore teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick’s jersey and a mask to his first media session of training camp.The mask was protective, and in a way the jersey was, too. Tagovailoa is happy to keep a low profile befitting his rookie status, even though he’s widely hailed as the Miami Dolphins’ future franchise quarterback.A former star at Alabama, Tagovailoa knows how to deal with the pressure of great expectations.“I think the best way to handle it is really not pay attention to it,” he said.But Tagovailoa will be difficult to overlook because he’s full of potential and personality. The latter was evident when he stepped in front of a media Zoom camera wearing Fitzpatrick’s No. 14, rather than his own No. 1.“I thought I could break ice making you guys laugh,” Tagovailoa said with a grin.The 37-year-old Fitzpatrick is the team’s 2019 most valuable player and the likely starter in the season opener at New England a month from Thursday, because the Dolphins have good reason to transition carefully to Tagovailoa.There are lingering questions about the career-threatening hip injury that ended his Alabama career in November, and Tagovailoa himself wonders how well he’ll hold up when tackling starts. In addition, the coronavirus pandemic slowed the development of all rookies by wiping out NFL offseason programs.“Tua is going to develop quickly or slowly, depending upon how much he grasps the offense, how quickly he comes along and how he develops,” new Miami offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said. “A lot of that’s based on health. We’ll treat him just like we treat everybody else, and we’ll try to put him in a position to be successful when the time comes.”Tagovailoa has repeatedly said his focus is on learning the Dolphins’ playbook and building relationships, not on how long he’s Fitzpatrick’s understudy.“They’re going to put the team in the best position possible,” Tagovailoa said. “If that’s me supporting someone, that’s what it’s going to be.”As to whether his surgically repaired hip will hold up to contact, Tagovailoa conceded doubts will be there until he starts to play — and maybe longer.“To answer that question honestly, you just never know until it actually happens,” he said. “I won’t know the feeling until I do get tackled. It’s that trial-and-error thing. You’ve got to go out and do it to know whether it does hurt or it doesn’t.“As far as how I feel right now, everything is going well.”That’s what the Dolphins want to hear. They took Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall draft pick, the highest they’ve used on a quarterback since selecting future Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Griese in 1967.So Tagovailoa’s not likely to remain No. 2 to Fitzpatrick for too long. In the meantime, the rookie and veteran have bonded, with Fitzpatrick — a father of seven — embracing the role of mentor to his eventual replacement.“I got to meet his family two days ago,” Tagovailoa said. “It was pretty funny. We were on FaceTime. Everyone is scattered around the house, and he introduces me to his kids and then his wife. He’s like, ‘This is everyone, this is my family.’ Lo and behold, he forgets two of them.”Fitzpatrick might lose track of his own kids, but there’s no overlooking Tagovailoa, the backup quarterback for now and perhaps the face of the franchise for years to come.NOTES: The Dolphins will wear a jersey patch this season to commemorate Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, who died in May. The patch will feature Shula’s name and “347” to signify his career victory total, an NFL record.Image credits: AP LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 10:49 IST Dolphins’ Tagovailoa Is A Playful, Willing Backup — For Now Tua Tagovailoa was easy to identify Thursday even though he wore teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick’s jersey and a mask to his first media session of training camp