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Court rules Neal allowed on ballot

Oct 12, 2018 12:13 am
The Daily Freeman reports that actor Diane Neal will be on the ballot in the New York 19th Congressional election Nov. 6. On Oct. 11 the state Court of Appeals denied a petition to appeal the previous attempt to keep Neal off the ballot by Rhinebeck resident Rima Liscum. A lower court ruled that Neal's petitions for an independent line on the ballot lacked sufficient signatures. Neal may not have collected the proper signatures, but the Appellate Division agreed that she was not properly served notice of the deficiencies with her petitions. "This is a win for those who are tired of power brokers shoving the two-party system down our throats," Neal said in a press release. "We surpassed the high number of signatures they required us to get, so they challenged that. Then they went to court to appeal our victory, that got us on the ballot. There are no more obstacles they can throw at us. Today's a win for democracy." Neal was required to get the same number of signatures as other candidates, incumbent Republican John Faso (R-Kinderhook), Democrat Antonio Delgado, a Rhinebeck resident, and Green Party candidate Steve Greenfield of New Paltz. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.