UPDATED: Amedore's win made official, but fight isn't over
Republican Assemblyman George Amedore's victory in the 46th Senate District has been certified by the judge overseeing the process, which opens the door for Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk to begin the next legal battle.
Sitting state Supreme Court Judge Guy Tomlinson, who has been overseeing the counting of absentee and affidavit ballots, declared Amedore the victor this afternoon. His final tally, according to Amedore spokesman Kris Thompson, was 63,141 votes for Amedore and 63,104 for Tkaczyk.
This ruling opens the door for an expected legal appeal from the Tkaczyk campaign, which will try to get hundreds of ballots counted that were initially ruled invalid.
“There are still hundreds of outstanding objections that have to be ruled on by the Appellate Court,” said Tkaczyk campaign spokesman Gary Ginsburg in a statement on Monday. “These ballots include votes cast by election inspectors that voted early at the direction of both Republican and Democratic election commissioners and hundreds of affidavit ballots that were thrown out because of minor errors.
“When all the votes are counted, Cecilia Tkacyzk will be certified the winner of this election and will represent the residents of the 46th Senate District,” Ginsburg said.
UPDATED, 6:01 p.m.: Below is the court order from Tomlinson.
UPDATED 12/28/12: Below is the legal appeal made on behalf of Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk.