Jane Corwin, the Republican candidate in today's high-stakes NY-26 special election, has obtained a judge's order to bar the certification of the result and impound certain election materials when polls close this evening. Such an action is not far out of the ordinary in New York, but is an indicator that a close result is expected.
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"Usually, any time they expect the race to be somewhat close, they usually do the impoundment order so the parties involves have an opportunity to see how those ballots get counted," state Elections Board spokesman Thomas Connolly told TPM.
Connolly, who made clear that he did not yet have the chance to fully read the order, said that these orders typically apply to absentee ballots and provisional ballots (the latter of which are called "affidavit ballots" in New York). Also in New York elections, absentee ballots are not counted on election night at all, but in the following days.
However, the great majority of votes are cast on optical-scan ballots, and the readings from those scan machines will likely continue. "At the end of the day, we'll still have the machine numbers," said Connolly.