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Democrats sue in Taghkanic election

Nov 25, 2011 12:03 am
W.T. Eckert in the Register-Star reports that Columbia County Democratic Party Attorney Kathleen O’Keefe says the Taghkanic election will end up in the courts. Tuesday, as Board of Election reps recounted votes there, Republican BOE Commissioner Jason Nastke made an objection to three ballot signatures, and then,, as election commissioner ruled in favor of Jason Nastke's objection. “It was almost like he got up and sat in another seat to make another decision, like he was wearing two different hats,” O'Keefe said. She cites New York State Election Law 16-106:
“...the original applications for a[n] ... absentee voter’s ballot may be contested in a proceeding instituted in the supreme or county court, by any candidate or the chairman of any party committee, and by any voter with respect to the refusal to cast such voter’s ballot, against the board of canvassers of the returns from such district, if any, and otherwise against the board of inspectors of election of such district. If the court determines that the person who cast such ballot was entitled to vote at such election, it shall order such ballot to be cast and canvassed if the court finds that ministerial error by the board of elections or any of its employees caused such ballot envelope not to be valid on its face.”
Eckert closes the article writing, "BOE commissioners, officials and Taghkanic Republican and Democratic representatives will reconvene next week to review the absentee ballots." Read the full story in the Register-Star.
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