46th District ballot count sped up by new order

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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— Counting paper ballots in the tightly contested 46th state Senate District could be completed by early December as the result of new procedures ordered today.

Montgomery County Supreme Court Judge Guy Tomlinson issued an order today that amends the process outlined last week, according to Schenectady County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner Brian Quail.

The counties will still begin counting votes at one table, per the outlined schedule, which begins Monday with Albany County. But, for instance, if Albany County can't finish on Monday, they will begin counting at multiple tables and count into the night. They would then keep counting on Tuesday, while Greene County would also start on that day, as planned.

This process of switching to multiple tables and continuing to count on subsequent days would apply in other counties, as well.

"The supplemental order makes it possible to finish in a timely manner," Quail said.

Tomlinson stressed in court Friday that he wanted a timely finish to the race, which could decide control of the state Senate.

"I’m very concerned on the length of time," he said in court.

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