Judge: Certify, don't send, contested NY vote

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Associated Press

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 6 at 1:04 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge says the New York City Board of Elections can certify the contested primary election between U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel and state Sen. Adriano Espaillat (ay-dree-AH'-noh es-pil-AHT') but can't make it official until the court approves it.

Bronx Supreme Court Justice John Carter ruled today that the final count can't be transmitted to the state Board of Elections until he says so. That's the final step to make an election result official.

Lawyers for Espaillat argue that voters were blocked from casting ballots or improperly asked for identification. Lawyers for the board of elections and Rangel say those claims are untrue.

Rangel led by a wide margin on primary night but saw the margin drop to 802 votes by last weekend with 2,000 ballots still to be counted. He's trying for a 22nd term in Congress despite an ethics scandal and new district lines.

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