Counting of absentee ballots began Wednesday in five counties of New York’s 22nd Congressional District.

The total numbers will decide the winner between Democratic Challenger Anthony Brindisi, who currently has a slim lead, and Incumbent Republican Claudia Tenney

The Madison County Elections Commissioners allowed the press inside the rooms where the ballots were counted. Representatives from both campaigns were in the room as the commissioners methodically open and count the absentees.

Counting continues Thursday in Madison, Oneida, Oswego and Broome Counties. It will also happen in Tioga and Chenango Counties later this week.

In Cortland County, Wednesday was all they needed. Absentee ballots have been finalized and both candidates pick up votes.

Attorneys said Tuesday they expect the counting to be done by the December 3rd deadline.