House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Friday that a hotly contested New York House race may end up being decided by the House Administration Committee if the final vote tally ends up in question, the Washington Examiner reported.
On election night, “New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi was 28,422 votes behind former New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney,” the Examiner reported, but Tenney ended up only 100 votes ahead after 60,000 mail-in votes were tallied.
The process of reviewing and challenging more than 2,000 disputed ballots changed the count again and put Brindisi ahead by 12 votes, with more counting left to do, according to the Examiner.
If the result remains close and is contested, however, Pelosi said the race could be decided in the House in the end.
Iowa race being appealed to House
It wouldn’t be the first 2020 race that the House has the potential to decide. In Iowa’s 2nd District, just six votes decided the race for Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks over Democrat Rita Hart.
Hart has appealed the race to the House even though the results were certified by the state, saying that some excluded votes should be counted, according to Roll Call. Iowa law prohibits counting votes that were not included in the original canvass.
Hart chose to appeal to the House rather than Iowa courts, claiming that the time frame is too short to go through the courts. It’s worth noting that the panel in the House that will consider the case is Democrat-controlled, while Iowa courts are much less so.
It is rare for the House to overturn state-certified results, however; according to Roll Call, it hasn’t happened since 1984.
Still counting in New York
In the case of New York’s 22nd District, Pelosi said that between 1,500 and 5,000 ballots are yet to be counted in the jurisdiction. The courts are in the process of deciding how to count those votes and whether they are legitimate.
The case will be heard on Monday, Pelosi said. “We’ll see what happens in the court,” she remarked, according to the Examiner. “That may end up in the House. I don’t know, but the court will decide which votes will be counted.”
If Democrats in the House do decide to overturn the certification in Iowa or subsequently, New York, the optics will look stunningly bad for them. After all, the national party has been telling President Donald Trump to accept the results of the presidential race for weeks now. It would hypocritical for them to then overturn the election.
Then again, if there’s one thing that Democrats have not been too afraid of this year, it’s hypocrisy.