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Grant supporters question elections process

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Somewhat predictably, a close State Senate primary race is now working its way through the courts.

State Senator Tim Kennedy and County Legislature Chair Betty Jean Grant are locked in a struggle over who won the newly re-districted seat, with at least two more days of legal wrangling going on.

On Wednesday, Grant went back to court seeking a ballot by ballot count from the election, claiming the voting machines didn't count some ballots for her and the legal fight at the Board of Elections is costing her votes with Kennedy less than 300 votes ahead.

"This race when all is said and done is probably going to come down between 30 and 60 votes," said former State Senator  Antoine Thompson.

"I know that yesterday you heard that Tim Kennedy was ahead by 282. At the end of the day, once they count all the emergency ballots and the affidavits you will find the result will be less than 100 votes."

Buffalo Branch NAACP President Frank Mesiah says there were serious problems on Election Day over changed locations for polling places and mail notifications that were unclear.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.