A judge in New York on Friday rejected Democrats’ claims that voting machine irregularities undercounted hundreds of votes for Rep. Ted Brindisi, a decision that means Republican challenger Claudia Tenney will be certified the winner of the election.
Lawyers for Brindisi had called for a hand recount of the 325,000-plus votes cast in the House race, arguing that irregularities with voting machines used in Oswego County had undercounted hundreds or thousands of votes for Brindisi.
Marc Elias, a prominent Democratic election lawyer, made the claim about the voting machines in a court filing on Monday. Republicans were widely criticized following the presidential election for claiming that voting machines switched votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
Elias is best known for his role in commissioning the infamous Steele dossier during the 2016 election. Elias hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS on behalf of the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, which his firm, Perkins Coie, jointly represented.
In a decision handed down on Friday afternoon, Supreme Court Judge Scott J. DelConte rejected Elias’s claims. He directed the New York state board of elections to certify the results of the 22nd district vote. (Read more from “Democrats Are Now Claiming Voting-Machine Fraud” HERE)