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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Jane Corwin Blocks Winners In NY-26 Race: Super Dirty Politics!

I Can Hear GOP Leaders On Capitol Hill Biting Their Nails Over This Race As We Speak.

This Afternoon Republican Candidate For The NY-26 Special Election Jane Corwin, Obtained A Court Order Barring Any Certified Winner In Today's Election Results.

A Clear Case Of Fear & Super Dirty Politics Wouldn't You Agree?

How Can A Candidate Block A Certified Winner Before The Actual Votes Are Counted?

I Really Hope Corwin's Democrat Opponent Kathleen C. Hochul Pulls This One Off Because New Blood Is Most Definitely Needed In This Stuffy Congressional District Of NY.

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Corwin granted court order barring certification of winner

Jane L. Corwin this afternoon obtained a court order from State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia barring a certification of a winner in the special 26th Congressional District race pending a show-cause hearing before him later this week.

The Buffalo News obtained a copy of the show-cause order Buscaglia signed this morning based on a petition the Republican candidate filed Monday.

Under the judge's 11-page order, attorneys for Corwin have until Wednesday to serve copies of the court order on the election boards of Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Livingston and Monroe counties, their sheriff's offices, the state Board of Elections and her three opponents.

Pending court proceedings before Buscaglia on Thursday at the earliest, the judge also impounded all voting equipment and enjoined the canvass of paper ballots "except as directed by this court" and "temporarily enjoined and restrained from certifying" the winner pending that court hearing.

Chris Grant, a spokesman for the Corwin campaign, said the court action "is very typical" in such close elections.

"We recognize the closeness of the race and we want to make sure that every legal vote is counted fairly and accurately," Grant said.

Paul B. Wojtaszek, Buscaglia's law clerk, said such prospective court actions are permissible under the state's Election Law when a close vote is borne out by pre-voting polling.

Buscaglia has scheduled a hearing in the election case for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in his second-floor courtroom at 25 Delaware Ave. But the entire matter could be "moot" if the winning margin is sufficient to eliminate any need for court action, Wojtaszek said.

Corwin is battling Democrat Kathleen C. Hochul, Tea Party candidate Jack Davis and Green Party candidate Ian Murphy in today's election.

A copy of the court order was filed in the Erie County Clerk's Office at 11:01 a.m. today. Hochul is Erie County clerk.

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Sources: Buffalo News, MSNBC, TPM, Google Maps

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