Election petition tossed out

JOHNSTOWN — Incumbent Republican town of Broadalbin Highway Superintendent Eric Alley was successful this week in getting his GOP opponent tossed off the June 25 primary ballot.

Alley filed a challenge with the Fulton County Board of Elections against designating election petitions recently filed by Republican primary challenger Daniel C. Steele Jr. Both were seeking the town highway superintendent post.

Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Lee Hollenbeck said he and Democratic Commissioner John Zawadzki ruled Monday there were fatal flaws in Steele’s petitions.

“He’s off the ballot,” Hollenbeck said of Steele. “He dated all the sheets before the people signed.”

Hollenbeck said the commissioners had to seek assistance and an examination from the state Board of Elections in Albany before making their final ruling.

The commissioner said Steele was supposed to date his petition sheets on the day the people who signed them are witnessed as actually signing. Hollnbeck said Steele dated the sheets as March 6, but the sheets were actually signed on dates that followed, making them invalid.

Hollenbeck said Steele’s petitions were the last of four challenges the board had to vote on this year.

The Fulton County Board of Elections ruled April 11 that three public challenges to election petitions involving town of Caroga races were unsubstantiated. Petitions filed by incumbent Caroga candidates Supervisor James Selmser, and Councilmen Kent Kirch and Jeremy Manning were ruled valid.

Caroga resident John Livingston challenged those petitions, alleging not enough signatures, but his challenges were ruled without merit.

Fulton County’s designating petitions were filed April 1 through 4. Over 75 offices are up for election in the county in 2019.

Candidates wishing to file independent petitions can do so from May 21 to 28.

General Election Day is Nov. 5.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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