Green Light Given to Board of Elections

November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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November 5, 2010 Updated Nov 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW-TV) - There's still no clear victor in race for the 60th district senate seat for Western New York yet, but Lawyers for incumbent Senator Antoine Thompson and Republican Mark Grisanti headed to court today. Friday's court hearing was to determine which county would handle the ballot dispute case since the district consists of both Erie and Niagara Counties. Erie County Court Justice Patrick H. NeMoyer ruled that further proceedings will now be transferred to Niagara County, since it was first filed there.
Following the ruling, board of elections commissioners along with a handful of lawyers met to discuss further proceedings, and reached an agreement through a revision order. The revision order, approved by Niagara County Justice Frank Caruso, gave the green light for the board of elections to start sorting through ballots.

"Today is now the first step in the process," said Republican Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr. "We're taking supplies that inspectors would bring in during election night and going through them to see if any ballots that were cast by affidavit."

Starting Monday, the board of elections will the seals on the voting machines will be cut off and they'll begin to look at paper ballots as well as ballots that did non transfer electronically.