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A tabulation error has thrown in doubt the election night victory of Rep. Tim Bishop on Long Island and given Republicans hope that they may add yet another seat to their new majority in the House of Representatives.

Officials in Suffolk County said the error, discovered Friday, shifted several thousand votes and erased Bishop's 3,500 vote margin. That put Republican challenger Randy Altshuler ahead by just under 400 votes in New York's 1st Congressional District. Bishop is seeking a fifth term in the district, which includes many of New York's beach communities.

Board of Elections Commissioner Wayne Rogers told the Associated Press the original numbers came in by telephone on election night and "must have been transcribed incorrectly" and fed into the computer system as figures were relayed through the system by intermediaries. The error turned up in a routine check of voting machine memory cards.

Rep.Tim Bishop, New York DemocratIt's not over. Some 9,000 absentee ballots have yet to the counted, the AP said.

"At the point the only way to be sure of the count is to do a full hand recount of all the ballots," Bishop spokesman Jon Schneider said. "Regardless of the outcome, Suffolk County residents need to have confidence in the integrity of the system."

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Anna

I agree. Unlike Alaska, where the outcome has been determined and it is Miller being vindictive, and divisive for the Party by engaging in a Misogynist Attack against Murkowski, if this news article is accurate, New York is a the next battle front for the Republican Party, where 2 house seats in D.C. are up for Grabs, and more importantly Albany. With all 5 Executive Positions held by Democrats, and 2 Senate Seats, there is no appropriate Check or Balance on soon to be Governor Cuomo's Power. Whatever the outcome, I fully agree with Mayor Koch, Sheldon Silver, who ensured his law firm took 1/3 out of every dollar from the mouths of the Children of 9/11 Victims should not be speaker, and Espada should be arrested and charged for the crimes he is alleged to have committed. And now that Mayor Bloomberg has appropriately fired the Person who purchased the Election Machines, what is up with the delay in counting absentee ballots? This must be reviewed. New York, with the best sound system ever at Yankee Stadium should not be the worse at Counting....even New Jersey is done with their Election.

November 20 2010 at 11:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hcook75344

This reminds me of the 16,000 identical flip in the Illinois and Pennsylvania races at 10:00 November 2, 2010.

November 08 2010 at 8:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
miselaineyus

Bishop is the tired, same tax and spend liberal that was thrown out around the country! Great news for the East End of Long Island when he, too, is thrown out!

November 08 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Frankie

To dadfelder you forget how many military votes are not counted and more then half go to rep and maybe fla voters should learn how to vote. when we had a moyor race in ny dinkens had votes on the machine before poles open

November 07 2010 at 8:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ezek37

Whenever there is a mistake in the ballot count it always favors the dems.....I think there is a lot of voter fraud going on.

November 07 2010 at 12:52 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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dadfelder

Funny the biggest win ever in a questionable election went to George Bush.

November 07 2010 at 7:49 AM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
John B

I think the Iraqi system is the best, dip your finger in ink after you vote! No more "vote early and vote often" practioners.

November 07 2010 at 12:40 AM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
velvet

why did tea party march for the rentersz/ rent rent rent help I want to know now that the Governor will be Andrew Cuomo of New York state will he go about lower the rent down.I never once heard anyone speak upon rent freeze and to lower it back down to where people can pay there rent.Rent has become more then your income if you are many who is losing jobs, just is making on the job they have But there is no ending to a freeze to lower it at less $50 to $100.That why these states have slum landlord they don't care about how the tenant live all they think about is the next month rent.I look at cnn,foxes,7,4,2 ynn and not once have I heard a YES to a rent freeze and lower down.I heard about mortgages but never to the poor people.Do We as people count as someone who is biggest hurting in taxes,electric,gas,telephone,cable,gas for cars , medical care. What a bout the renter who don't have anyone to fight for them in office.All the one who out there picking shouting like fools because they don't have a mind of there own just a follower of someone needs.They need to rethink what they learn. Judge your own mind do not let someone else rule you.Just one bad seed can lead a lot of people.WHAT HAPPEN TO THE WORDS I CAN JUDGE TO DO FOR MY SELF,PICK FOR MY SELF,VOTE FOR MY SELF.then these people talk about terrorism.You are your own terrorism to this country.what they say don't tell it all just feed a little lie and they will follow you.new tea party:A community committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect our country and the Constitution upon which we were founded!)Do you know how you found it was it taken from the IndiansAs Samuel Adams said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in (people's minds)Isn't that call one bad seed? welcome to the tea party but I thought a tea party was when you sit down to a cup of tea and sandwhich.In the end them who say shut up is going to be the ones who think there own vote.In the next four years if Obama don't win you find out in history you as people don't have no say so. read your history on electoral votes.The ones who worrying about there 401 ,CD, Stocks, think about the ones who don't have nothing and living from day to day. just to keep a roof over there heads.People need to have a wake up call. think about all the money you put into these big insurance comapny.Did you ever ask if I didn't go to the doctor why is I' paying so much into this company and not using it? think if you go to the dcotor once a year for a check up what happen to the rest of your money that you didn't go to a doctor. I think everyone need to know by going to the white house to see all the laws that was pass they was never told they was passed.Go read about the insurance, the abuse, helping women,education,aid/hiv, and so on go see what the republicians is going to try veto if they take office.think about who lay you off and fight that company.I think like this and all work will know this. When a company is building,expanding,remodeling,who job is getting cut to do this. to keep there CEO working? I also read in the canadian paper how we as a country has givien up on our own President when these outside countries believe in him.I do find that so dumb of the United States of America.The first President they can't live under. one quote:"Indians" over sea haven't lost the hype the way American have they still believe it take a change to make things work. that mean business hiring,people taking jobs and not looking for over paying jobs, fill the job gaps. planets hire.for every 3 - 10 people you hire it putting a person back to work.It your neighbor,friend,co-work. someone who will take a pay cut to put you back to work.then the people is making a change to help each other.All jobs come from the one who own a business.Make a change start your own business. hire people will make another change.Then these people can go out buy a home a car, take trips to keep another perosn working or hiring.It all about your Mayor ,Governor to make the change in his city, not the President.You have jobs out there. To fix up these abandoned homes that work. clean the streets that works, plan flowers trees, paint building,fences,poles; this is all work for your own city to mkae it a better place. Work is what your Mayor want it to be to keep a beauty City.work is moving out crime to have a better community. Work is all store looking beauty not slum look.Work is having companyies come in to build to make work come into the city, work is getting governor to lower taxes down to have business to move back. Hate got to be put aside and help in thy neighbor be put into place...

November 07 2010 at 12:18 AM Report abuse -17 rate up rate down Reply
imaint1

Valents, this is what makes me worry about certain people voting. Just what does a Congressman have to due with the MTA tax here in New York? That tax levy comes directly from the State of New York, under a law passed by the Assembly, the Senate, and signed into law by Governor Patterson. I guess I should ask Obama to fill the pothole out in front of my house?

November 06 2010 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SAM

and now you know why only 40 per cent of Americans vote

November 06 2010 at 10:40 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
engineherder

The rich do help the poor. They give us jobs. They give alot of money to charity. Why shouldnt' they be allowed to decide which charity? It is their money after all. By the way, I work 60 hours a week, my husband works more than that. We could possibly hit what is considered to be rich. Why should we pay higher taxes as a percentage, we already pay more total than 49%of the people. If we are willing to work harder, why can't we keep more of it? And why are people who don't pay taxes, and ususally get more from the government(EIC)than they put in get to vote? I already donate alot to charity, such as food banks, Toys 4 Tots, etc. We also rescue horses, which is not cheap. Why should I and others like me be penalized? I also do some farming. I put a farrier, a vet, a hay farmer and his employees, a feed store and various builders to work. For the money I earn, it is hours of my life. Taxing people who work extra higher than those who just do enough to get by is enslaving those who try harder. And for what? So a few politicians can buy votes. By the way, neither of us is white, so don't call me a racist.

November 06 2010 at 10:14 PM Report abuse +29 rate up rate down Reply
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dadfelder

Fine then offset the roll back of the Bush tax cut on the richest folks by making the deduction for charitable giving double or triple what it is today and make all the expenses tied to starting or growing a business deductable. Lowering the so called sin taxes on luxery items (most of which are built outside the US) a Bush era tactic did nothing but make things that only the super rich tend to buy cheaper. Encourage people to invest in the areas where you want to see change. It's good for everyone.

November 07 2010 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
paperdragons1

Thank you very much, engineherder, for your post. You give me hope that our country will once again become a "Strive For Success" nation instead of a "Strive For Failure" nation.

November 08 2010 at 1:00 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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