Posted at: 11/13/2012 11:20 AM
Updated at: 11/13/2012 5:27 PM
By: WNYT Staff
ALBANY - At the Albany County Board of Elections, staff was comparing paper records from individual voting machines with the numbers reported election night in the 46th State Senate race. Observers from each campaign watched closely.
Staff was also physically comparing three per cent of the individual ballots filled out by voters with the machine tallies to make sure the numbers were the same.
"We have not had any discrepencies," said Republican Election Commissioner Rachel Bledi.
A similar recanvassing process will go on at the Schenectady, Ulster, Montgomery and Greene County boards.
Then next Tuesday the slow job of examining paper absentee and provisional ballots will begin. That could take a couple of weeks and depending on circumstances, could involve legal challenges.
"I'm very confident," said Democratic candidate Cecilia Tkaczyk. "I think I came into the process with a lead. I think I'll come out of the process with a lead."
Republican George Amedore was not available for interview Tuesday. His spokesman put out a statement saying they were confident they'd end up winning.
Slightly more Democrats than Republicans requested absentee ballots in the senate district, although as with most elections the independents are likely to make the difference.